Unfortunately, Flat Panel TV Tip-overs have become commonplace and it is an accident that is 100% avoidable, Here are some common sense thoughts on preventing TV Tip-overs in your home.
The Physics of TV Safety
Typically, Flat Panel Televisions weight ranges from 20 – 90 pounds and that weight is spread out over many, many square inches. This problem is magnified by this large, oblong mass being mounted on a narrow plastic stand designed by very talented people. The designers and engineers who created this design do not understand the unacceptable amount of risk they have created. The end result of this design is an inherently unstable structure. It won’t take much force for your typical flat panel to wobble and fall.
The weight of the TV is magnified dramatically when the object is falling. The danger is magnified even further when it is falling from a stand with a high center of gravity. The impact of the TV hitting a small child is not just 45 pounds+ but a lot more. Include the effect of sharp edges and broken glass and you can figure out the rest.
Safest Place to Mount Your Flat Panel TV is on a WALL
Thesafest place for your flat panel TV is on a wall. Beginning, middle, end of story. If the TV is properly mounted then it will be secured to the wall and cannot tip over. There is no TV tip-over and no tragedy. Currently, there are all kinds of great deals on flat panels. Use some of that money you just saved when you bought your brand new Plasma or LED TV and spend it on a very sturdy wall mount. Make sure the mount can handle at least twice the stated weight of the TV.
If You Cannot Mount Your Flat Panel to a Wall then Secure it to a Stud in the Wall
If for whatever reason you cannot mount your flat panel TV on a wall, secure it to a stud in the wall. The best hardware for this job is an all steel system using aircraft cable that will bolt to the TV’s VESA mount. If the connecting cable or strap does not bolt to your TV’s VESA mount then you bought the wrong system. Under no circumstance should you attempt to glue a strap to your TV or the wall, or both. Do not use a strap to “secure” your TV to a cart, it will not work. The cart will tip-over when the flat panel TV tips over. Always, always, always anchor your TV to a stud in the wall.
If you have to install your flat panel TV on a stand you want a stand with a low center of gravity. Make sure you also secure the stand to a stud in the wall.
Never Leave Objects on Top Of an Unsecured TV
This one is simple logic. No matter whatever excuse you have there is no good reason for you not to secure your flat panel TV. But, if you choose not to be safe then let me give you a safety tip. Toddlers and young children in general are curious and love to explore. Placing objects, like a colorful hat or a toy, on top of an unsecured TV or any piece of unsecured furniture will entice a young child to take a risk that could end up with a really tragic ending.
Safe Kids Worldwide created an outstanding infographic for TV Tipovers. It currently resides on the Safe Kids Worldwide site. Please click the “Infographic” tab at the top of the page. After you look at the infographic please return to the top of the page and click the “Video” tab to watch the outstanding video produced by CPSC on TV and Furniture Tip-overs.
The following Infographic was created by Safe Kids Worldwide.
Please return to the top of the page and click the “Video” tab to watch CPSC’s outstanding video on TV Tip-overs.