Flat screen TV’s are not stable without being mounted or secured. If you’re replacing a heavy, large, old-style TV, please consider recycling. If the older TV will continued to be used, place it on a low stable surface. In the past 10 years in the US, a child visited the emergency department every 45 minutes due to injuries from a TV tipping over, and one died every three weeks. Because of the change in technology, these injuries are increasing.
- When you move your large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs to make room for the new TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture, or recycle it (read on for recycle tips).
- Mount the new flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent it from toppling off stands. Wall mounts are available at many retail stores or on-line. Suggestions for purchasing wall mounts:
- Ease of Installation – Not only should a TV be securely installed, the installation process should be easy and painless. Look for TV mounts with built-in bubble levels and clear installation instructions from the manufacturer.
- Features – The main difference between products is the available weight capacity. Make sure it matches your needs. The TV wall mount should be adjustable after installation and have a UL symbol, which means the product has passed safety tests by an outside company for defects. Also, look for a mount with a built-in cord management system to help corral cords.
- Help & Support – Look for a good warranty. The best products have a least a five-year warranty. Also look for a manufacturer who is easy to find on the web - if the company can’t be found, they will be hard to contact for support.
- Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items up on TVs where kids might be tempted to climb up to reach for them.
- If older CRT TV’s are not being used, recycle them.
- Oregon E-Cycles is a free, easy and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors and TVs. The program is financed by electronics manufacturers and jointly implemented with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Visit the website or call 1-888-532-9253.
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Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.