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Prevent a Television Tip-Over Tragedy

A television seated on a pedestal or entertainment center can fall with thousands of pounds of force, 10 times more powerful than a hit from an NFL lineman. A small, inexpensive bracket or nylon strap securing your furniture and TV to the wall could accidents related to such falls, officials from the American Home Furnishings Alliance say. These tipping restraints are readily available in the child-proofing section of baby stores, discount stores and home improvement stores.

To prevent a tip-over tragedy:

Use sturdy furniture. Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as TV stands or media centers.

Secure your TV. Televisions that are not wall-mounted should still be anchored to the wall.

Mount flat-screen TVs, which will eliminate the possibility of a tip-over accident.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure TVs and furniture properly.

Go low and stable with older CRT televisions. These larger, bulky TVs should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand. The lower you can place them, the better. This will lower their center of gravity and further prevent tipping.

Anchor existing furniture with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture pieces such as dressers and armoires are sold with anti-tipping hardware. Install them right away.

Remove items from TV stands that might tempt kids to climb. Toys should remain in reach of children. Remote controls can be stored in containers near your seating areas.