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Child Safety - Television Anti-Tipping Straps


Flat screen TVs have become very popular. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, in 2011, over 17,000 children were treated by emergency rooms for TV related injuries. The number had increased since 1990 by 125%. 64% of the injuries were children under the age of 5, who are not as fast at moving away from a falling television.

There is a very inexpensive fix for this problem, for less than $12. An anti tipping stabilizer strap can easily secured to improve safety. Flat screen TVs should be mounted to the wall. Larger older heavier TVs should be placed on lower, more stable surfaces. Brackets, braces, and wall straps should be used.

Finally, do not store toys or candy on dressers or higher furniture, which might attract young children to climb it.


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