It’s a great American tradition to gather with your family and friends and watch the Super Bowl (and all of its commercials)! Last year, 114.4 million people watched Super Bowl 49. This year will mark half a century of Super Bowls and again millions of Americans will be tuning in. Many of you will be passionately cheering for either the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers, and about 1.5 million of you will be watching on brand new TVs!
The Super Bowl is a great excuse to go out and buy one of the new smart TVs. I must say, after seeing many of them on display last month at CES2016, they are impressive. However, many people still do not understand the risks associated with TV and furniture tip overs. The Super Bowl is a great time to assess if your TV and furniture are safe.
Unfortunately, many people who buy new TVs move their old TVs to other rooms and put them on dressers or other unsuitable furniture. You need to know that TV and furniture tip-overs are serious hidden hazards—small children are regularly crushed beneath falling TVs or furniture. Here are the stats:
- Every 24 minutes a child goes to the emergency department for injuries from tip-over incidents
- Every two weeks a child dies from a furniture or TV tipping over
If you buy a new TV and you have children in your home, consider recycling your old one. CPSC recommends anchoring all TVs (old cathode ray TVs and the newer flat screens TVs) and furniture. Use a simple anchoring device to attach them to the wall. If you are unable to anchor your furniture for any reason, place TVs on very low furniture or on the floor. Always remember, don’t place any items on top of TVs and furniture that a child might climb up to reach. Tip-over incidents are easily preventable – Anchor It!
For more key information on TV and furniture tip-overs and how to stay safe, please see here.
Whether you’re cheering for the Broncos or the Panthers, or just watching for the half-time show, follow these safety tips and enjoy The Big Game!