Americans relax by watching TV shows that include everything from The Bachelor to Downtown Abbey each week.
And while you wouldn’t think of your TV as a danger, research from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that one person is injured every 15 minutes when a piece of furniture or a television falls onto them. What’s more, one child dies every two weeks from a piece of furniture or TV tipping over.
Research like this underscores the importance of knowing how to keep your TV from falling over. This is especially important if you have children in the house since a falling TV poses an even greater risk to them. That’s not surprising when you consider children’s small frames, their tendency to pull and climb on things, and the fact that a TV can fall with a force that measures thousands of pounds.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep your TV from falling over. And with the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards airing on Nickelodeon this weekend, now is a good time to think about how to keep your TV from falling over and seriously injuring the smallest members of your household. The CPSC’s Anchor It campaign offers tips on where to place a TV and what kinds of affordable, easy-to-install anti-tipping devices can help keep your TV from falling over. To learn what you can do, check out the source page at cpsc.gov.