National TV Safety Day warns parents of television mounting dangers

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Monday, January 21, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- As we all get ready to tune in to the big game on February 3rd on CBS, News 12 wants to make sure you can enjoy the game safely and without worry.

SafeKids of Greater Augusta is partnering with the Children's Hospital of Georgia for National TV Safety Day on February 2nd.

According to a press release, a child dies from a TV flipping over in the U.S. every three weeks because it's not properly secured or mounted.

National TV Safety Day typically happens before the Super Bowl every year as most of the country watches. It's meant to raise awareness about the proper setup and safety of televisions and their placement throughout the home.

Renee McCabe with SafeKids has a few tips to help keep kids safe:

  1. Secure TVs. Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall. Place older, box-style TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture designed to bear more weight. Anchor the TV to the wall or the piece of furniture.

  2. Attach furniture to the wall. Use anti-tip brackets, braces or wall straps to secure furniture to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out.

  3. Rearrange household items. Store heavy objects on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Avoid placing remote controls, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.

Click HERE for more TV safety tips.