You may remember we have discussed hanging flat screen TVs a few times on this site: How to Plan for (the Extras in Remodeling), Tips for Hanging a Flat Screen TV, and I’ve even had a little fun with it … Justin Bieber stopped by to help me hang mine – The Hardest Part of Do It Yourself is, well. Doing It Yourself.
But a little more seriously, I thought this was a very interesting story line. SANUS (the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts) and Safe Kids Worldwide recently launched a TV safety initiative. Why?
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:
- A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV. This has resulted in 215 fatalities between 2000 and 2011.
- Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury, a large portion of the 17,000 people treated each year.
- Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006 to 2010, and over the last 10 years – injuries have increased by 31%.
For many Americans, a flat panel TV is a great way to enjoy family time and entertainment. However, most parents are unaware of the safety risks that flat panel TVs pose for kids. Due to increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.
Because of this, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide suggest that mounting a flat screen TV should actually become part of any child proofing plan.
– Much of this is highlighted in the SANUS TV safety video below:
SANUS TV Vuepoint Mount F180
Pictured above is the Vuepoint Mount F180, which I was able to offer via a giveaway. While I have not installed this TV Mount specifically, I do own and have installed several SANUS TV Mounts. (As detailed in this article: Installing a Shelf to Hold TV Components.)
I have been very happy with it my tilt mount, even moving it from one house to another. As mentioned above, the company offers a full range of options.