CHILD SAFETY: PROPER TELEVISION PLACEMENT MATTERS

With the excitement of the recently aired Super Bowl and the Grammy’s, and tonight’s Oscars

everybody is running for their Smart Flat Screen TV.

And the consumer electronics industry cares about your child’s safety.

TUNE INTO SAFETY

  • ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the safe installation of your television.
  • ALWAYS read and follow all instructions for proper use of your television.
  • NEVER allow children to climb on or play on the television or the furniture on which the television is placed.
  • NEVER place the television on furniture that can easily be used as steps, such as a chest of drawers.
  • ALWAYS install the television where it cannot be pushed, pulled over or knocked down.
  • ALWAYS route cords and cables connected to the television so that they cannot be tripped over, pulled or grabbed.
  • As you enjoy your television, please note that all televisions- new and old-               must be supported on proper stands or installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Televisions that are inappropriately situated on dressers, bookcases, shelves, desks, speakers, chests, carts, etc., may fall over, resulting in injury.

WALL OR CEILING MOUNT YOUR TELEVISION

  • ALWAYS contact your retailer about professional installation if you have any doubts about your ability to safely mount your television.
  • ALWAYS use a mount that has been recommended by the television manufacturer and has a safety certification by an independent laboratory (such as UL, CSA, ETL).
  • ALWAYS follow all instructions supplied by the television and mount manufacturers.
  • ALWAYS make sure that the wall or ceiling where you are mounting the television is appropriate. Some mounts are not designed to be mounted to walls and ceilings with steel studs or cinder block construction. If you are unsure, contact a professional installer.
  • Televisions can be heavy. A minimum of two people is required for a wall or ceiling mount installation.

MOVING AN OLDER TELEVISION TO A NEW PLACE IN YOUR HOME

  • Many new television buyers move their older televisions into a secondary room after the purchase of a flat-panel television. Special care should be made in the placement of older televisions.
  • ALWAYS place your older television on furniture that is sturdy and appropriate for its size and weight.
  • NEVER place your older television on a dresser where one may be tempted to use the drawers to climb.
  • ALWAYS make sure your older television does not hang over the edge of your furniture.

BE SAFE ~ AND ~ ENJOY THE SHOW!

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