Jun 26, 2017, 1:44:59 PM CDT Oct 18, 2023, 12:04:09 PM CDT

A safe home includes childproofing your television

Childproof your home by following these television safety precautions

little girl with remote control in front of TV. little girl with remote control in front of TV.

Securing your television is an important part of childproofing your home. As televisions are getting larger and flatter, the number of injuries caused by a toppling TV are increasing.

Every 30 minutes in the U.S., a child is treated in the emergency room for an injury caused by a toppling TV. An article by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a 125.5% increase in television-related injuries from 1990 to 2011. Many of these injuries could have been prevented by taking a few television safety precautions:

  • Mount flat screen TVs to the wall
  • If you use a stand, be sure to use the proper size stand or console for the size of your television – ideally, keep the TV low to the ground and on a wide base. TV's should not be placed on dressers.
  • Secure the television to the wall to prevent tip overs
  • Remove objects from the top of the television that children may want to play with (i.e., remotes, food, toys, etc.), so they are not enticed to climb up
  • Keep an eye on your child

Learn More

Safekids.org has several childproofing-your-television resources including a tip sheet on TV and Furniture Tip-Overs and a TV Tip-Overs By the Numbers Infographic.

See more ways to keep your child safe from common dangers around the house: 7 important ways to childproof your home.

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