Today's televisions are a far cry from the bulky, heavy, burdensome behemoths from the CRT dark ages. But despite the fact that they've gotten thinner and lighter, the danger of one falling on a child has not completely abated, particularly as TV screens can be made of glass and they just keep getting bigger. And the heavier a TV is, the more potential it has to cause injury if it falls on a child (or a pet).
Given the concerns about potential safety issues when it comes to TVs, CHOICE has advice on how to safeguard yours and keep your children safe.
- Always use the anchor points on the back of the TV to affix it to a suitable surface. Even if you use a TV stand, you should still have it anchored.
- Always put TVs on stable surfaces. If you're using a wall-mount, make sure it is suitable for the weight of your TV.
- If you're using a TV stand, ensure it has a wide, deep and sturdy base and is suitable for your TV's size.
- Never put the TV on furniture like a chest of drawers, speaker, bookcase or trolley as these are less stable and may be climbable.
- Follow manufacturer instructions on how you might secure the television.