For Immediate Release: February 1, 2019

Contact: Ben Powell at 919-807-6008

Commissioner Causey urges TV safety ahead of Super Bowl weekend

One child dies every two weeks from a TV tip-over

RALEIGH -- As we all get ready to tune in to Super Bowl LIII on February 3rd, Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chair Mike Causey wants to make sure you can enjoy the game safely and without worry.

The day before the big game, Saturday, February 2, 2019, is National TV Safety Day. It's meant to raise awareness about the proper setup and safety of televisions and their placement throughout the home.

Safe Kids NC is partnering with Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association to promote National TV Safety Day as a means of preventing childhood deaths and injuries because of televisions that tip over.

As families prepare for this weekend's television extravaganza, National TV Safety Day raises awareness about television tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers on the simple things they can do to make their homes safe.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, one child dies every two weeks in the United States from a TV, piece of furniture or an appliance tipping over and falling on them. Many children are rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions that are not appropriately secured.

"It's something you probably wouldn't normally think about. But we don't want any parent to endure a loss or injury of a child due to a TV tip-over," said Commissioner Causey. "It's important for families to conduct a quick TV safety check and learn what to do with TVs or furniture that can be dangerous for young kids."

Many TV tip-overs are the result of unsteady TVs that are not secured to the wall. Flat screen TVs that are top-heavy with narrow bases can be easily pulled off an entertainment center or table.

Large and heavy TVs that are placed on dressers or high furniture can also tip-over if children climb the drawers to reach a remote control, a video game or anything else that attracts their attention.

Commissioner Causey 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.

About Safe Kids North Carolina

Safe Kids North Carolina is dedicated to preventing childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in North Carolina. For more information, contact Safe Kids NC Director Shannon Bullock at 919-218-0081 or Shannon.Bullock@ncdoi.gov

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