Did your family buy a new TV for the holidays? Have you moved your old TV to your child’s room? Don’t skip the important installation step of securing the TV to the wall or furniture stand.
Children like to climb and explore and TVs and other tall furniture can tip over and fall on them. Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. Over the past 10 years, a child visited the emergency room every 45 minutes because of a TV tipping over. People of all ages in Northern California are also at risk from tip-over injuries in the event of an earthquake, so secure your furniture even if you do not have small children in your family.
- Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
- Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
- If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
- If you no longer use your CRT TV, consider recycling it. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org
- Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
- If you purchased a new TV, make sure to secure your old TV that you have moved to another room.
These tips will help get you started, but if you’re interested in learning more about how to keep your family safe from TV and furniture tip-overs, visit http://www.safekids.org/tv.
Dear Holiday Shoppers,
What do you buy for the person that has everything? This year, give your loved ones the gift of safety. Instead of another Barbie, or sweaters they’ll never wear, give your family something that could save their life (and give you a little peace of mind). Coordinator Confession: I am giving several of my family members Disaster Preparedness Supplies this year. The Napa earthquake showed us that we could do more to prepare for a disaster!
Jennifer Rubin, Safe Kids Greater Sacramento Coalition Coordinator
- Boost ‘Em Up – California law was updated on January 1, 2012, requiring that children remain in the back seat in their car seat or booster seat until they turn 8-years-old. Safety experts recommend that children stay in a booster seat until seat belts fit them properly with the lap belt down low across their upper thighs and the shoulder belt sitting in the middle of the collar bone. Write down a child’s weight and height before you head to the store and pick up a colorful car seat or booster seat to keep your favorite kids safe on the road. More car seat information.
- Helmets – Always include a helmet with gift of a bike, scooter, skates or skateboards. Parents should insist that a helmet is worn every time kids ride. Parents should be a good role model by wearing helmets too. More helmet information.
- Alarms = A Good Night’s Sleep – Your loved ones can rest easy when they are protected by smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. All battery-powered smoke alarms sold in California now have 10-year batteries. All older smoke alarms still need fresh batteries every year and the alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Place at least one smoke detector on each level of your house – one in each bedroom is best. CO alarms should be installed on every level of your house and outside each sleeping area. More alarm information.
- Fire Extinguishers – When used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. Before using a fire extinguisher make sure you have a clear escape route that will not be blocked by fire, make sure that everyone is leaving the building, and make sure that someone has called 9-1-1. More extinguisher information.
For more information visit www.safekids.org.