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With Super Bowl Sunday this past weekend, millions were glued to their television, whether it be to watch the game, judge the halftime performance, or even catch their favorite commercials. In recognition of National T.V. Safety Day, on February 1st, here are a few statistics to consider:

By contrast, only 1 in 4 adults take action to secure their TVs to a wall. In order to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs, consider following these tips:

  • Secure TVs
    • Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
    • If you have a large, heavier, box-style cathode ray (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that can hold the TV’s size and weight.
  • Secure Furniture
    • Use anti-tip brackets, braces or wall straps to secure furniture to the wall.
    • Install stops on dresser drawers to keep them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to tip over
  • Rearrange Household Items
    • Keep heavier items on lower shelves and in lower drawers.
    • Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.
  • Recycle Old TVs
    • To find a location near your home that safely and responsibly recycles your unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org.

This post was prepared by Safe Kids Georgia Intern Cameron Thomas.

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