-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, Feb. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As you prepare for
your Super Bowl party, make sure the televisions in your home are
in safe locations and properly secured so they don't fall on
Every 45 minutes, a child in the United States arrives at a
hospital emergency room for treatment for injuries caused by TVs
tipping over, according to the child-safety organization Safe Kids
Larger and heavier cathode-ray tube TVs are especially
dangerous. If they're located on dressers or high furniture, they
can topple over and seriously harm or even kill youngsters, Kate
Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, said in a news
release from the group.
To help prevent such injuries, Safe Kids has proclaimed National
TV Safety Day on Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl. Parents and
caregivers are urged to check that all TVs are in proper locations
and safely secured.
Tube TVs should be placed on low, stable pieces of furniture. If
your family has one that's no longer used, consider recycling it.
Flat-panel TVs should be mounted to the wall to reduce the risk of
tip-over, Carr said.
"We're asking families to add one important -- and perhaps overlooked -- task to their Super Bowl prep," Carr said.
"Take a look around your home," she said. "Can the flat-panel TV tip over? Have you moved the old [tube TV] to a bedroom dresser where it rarely gets watched? On National TV Safety Day, recycle that old TV. Your home will be safer for it."
Safe Kids Worldwide has more about
TV and furniture
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