Televisions are thinner than ever before and it’s incredibly easy to tip them over compared to their massive glass-tube forebearers. Save yourself a costly repair bill (be it for the TV or your kid’s teeth) with some very inexpensive safety straps.
Historically, it was pretty difficult for small children to knock TVs over on themselves because big tube TVs weighed so much it often took two grown adults to move them. Now, however, television sets are thinner than paperback books and the lack of a broad heavy base (combined with small legs or single central pedestal stands) makes it easier than ever for TVs to topple over—and the injury statistics reflect that.
Between 1990 and 2011, for example, the rate of children injured by falling televisions rose 125% across the board with a 344% increase in injuries from TVs falling off dressers and armoires. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions estimates that there are ~11,800 emergency room visits related to TV accidents per year and between 2000 and 2015 there were 315 reported fatalities—the majority of which involved children.
Security straps for your TV are dirt cheap. ER visits and brand new TVs…
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