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Safe Kids Marks February 1, 2014 as National TV Safety Day

Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions that are not appropriately secured. To help prevent these TV tip-overs, Safe Kids New Jersey is launching National TV Safety Day on February 1, 2014, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. As families prepare for this must see event, National TV Safety Day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers on the simple things they can do to make their homes safer.

“We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child due to a TV tip-over” said Carol Ann Giardelli, Director, Safe Kids NJ. “National TV Safety Day is a time for families to conduct a quick TV safety check and learn what to do with older TVs that can be dangerous for young kids.”

Many TV tip-overs are a result of televisions not being properly secured or placed in an unsafe location. From 2008-2012, twelve children in New Jersey under the age of five were killed and 33 children were hospitalized due to TV/Furniture tip overs. Nearly 2,000 children under age five visited the ER each year during this period due to tip-overs.

Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing CRT TVs on low, stable and secured pieces of furniture. If families no longer use their CRT TV, consider recycling it. For families with flat panel televisions, Safe Kids recommends mounting TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.

Top Tips for Parents:

  • Secure your TV. If you have an older CRT TV, make sure you place it on a low, stable and secured piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.
  • Recycle your TV. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to http://www.GreenerGadgets.org.
  • If you’re replacing your CRT TV with a new TV, be sure it’s properly secured.

For more TV safety tips, visit: http://www.safekids.org/recycle-old-tvs

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