Flat Screen TVs and Child Safety (GIVEAWAY)

One of the biggest things I think about as a parent is the safety of my baby. What toys are appropriate, what research do I need to do to make sure I’m keeping my little one out of harm’s way and what efforts I can make around my house to make sure it’s safe for a {now mobile} babe. Last week I got a message about a TV Safety Initiative. It brought up something that I had only recently begun to think about: How easy it is for a toddler to pull over a flat screen TV.

In our downstairs playroom {aka part of mine and Ricky’s office}, we have an unmounted TV that is potentially within arm’s reach of my little guy. So when Sanus reached out to offer me a free TV mount for joining their safety initiative with Safe Kids Worldwide, I was MORE than happy to oblige. Based on a 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission report, here’s why TV safety is such an important issue for parents, especially as technology advances and screens get thinner and lighter:

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  • A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
  • Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
  • An estimated 17,000 people are treated each year for TV tip-over injuries, the majority of which are children
  • Injuries from this hazard have increased by 31 percent over the past ten years

That’s a lot of facts that make it pretty obvious: you need to keep your TV safely out of your child’s hands. And the best way to do that is by mounting it to the wall.

The nice thing about SANUS TV mounts:

  • Installation is easy: they include a wall template to ensure your television is level and have a super easy 1,2,3 installation kit
  • there is an online video to walk you through the simple installation steps
  • Everything you need to mount your TV is included in the kit – aka you don’t have to go digging through your hubby’s tool kit (Not that I would do that or anything}
  • Live customer support is available 6 days a week

And now for the bonus: SANUS is giving away a TV mount to one lucky reader! All you have to do is tell me below: What are YOUR child proofing tips for the home?

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{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Marissa M. June 12, 2013, 12:54 am

    Safety gates – everywhere. On our stairs, on our deck, in our kitchen, at the baby’s bedroom door…

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  • Sarah B. June 12, 2013, 2:53 am

    I don’t like having chemicals in cabinets baby can reach even if they are latched shut so our dishwasher detergent and household cleaners were relocated to a high shelf in the baby free garage zone :-)

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  • Jill Sullivan June 12, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Electrical cover protectors (is that what you call them?! Mommy brain plus it’s early!)

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  • fawn June 12, 2013, 10:46 pm

    Gates, wall brackets on the bookshelves, and don’t forget the corner protectors.

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  • Laura June 13, 2013, 1:37 am

    Super difficult to remove outlet covers are a must. Kids (mine anyway) are too clever these days. It’s annoying any time you want to plug/unplug something. But not as “annoying” as one of them getting electrocuted.

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