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Super Bowl LIV, scheduled to be played on
February 2 in Miami, is just around the corner. Millions of Americans
each year watch the Super Bowl on TV either at home or with friends at parties.
In fact, many fans will buy new TVs ahead of the Big Game. The U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants to remind consumers to play it
safe during these activities and to remember a few key safety tips regarding
“The two-week period leading up to the Super
Bowl is one of the most popular times for purchasing the newest, largest, and
smartest flat screen TVs on the market, as retailers offer deals and football
fans prepare to cheer on their team,” said CPSC Commissioner Dana Baiocco.
“We want to remind everyone to take a moment to make sure that your brand
new – or not so new – TV is stable, properly mounted, or anchored to the wall
to avoid any tip-over accidents.”
CPSC’s latest report on TV, furniture, and
appliance tip-over accidents shows that thousands of consumers visit emergency
departments annually seeking treatment for injuries related to TV and furniture
tip-overs. No age group is left out. Children between the ages of
six months and 5 ½ years, however, suffer the most tip-over related fatalities.
They accounted for 9 out of every 10 deaths. Overall, from 2000 to
2018, 441 children under 18 died from tip-over incidents involving TVs or
“The prevalence of this scenario is alarming
and the results can be devastating. Imagine being tackled by a Super Bowl
linebacker after he gains speed and hits you as hard as he can. That’s
effectively what happens to a small child who gets hit with a falling TV, a
piece of furniture that tips, or both,” Baiocco said. “We also know that
many older Americans grab onto TV sets to steady their balance but suffer
contusions, lacerations, and broken bones when the TV falls,” she added.
Exposed cords and wires between outlets and the screen also create hazards for
Today’s flat screen TVs are lighter and more
balanced than the older, heavier models. But, even so, there are still
precautions you should take before the big game and after. If you plan to
buy a brand new TV, be sure to position it on a sturdy, low base when you get
it home. Push the TV as far back on the stand and as close to the wall as
possible. For optimal safety, anchor the screen and furniture to the wall
with straps or brackets. If you mount your new flat screen on the wall,
consider having it mounted or installed by a professional. Avoid homemade
brackets and shelving that might not be appropriate for the new device.
Do not place TVs – whether new or not-so-new
– on bedroom furniture, dressers, and particularly, children’s or nursery
furniture. Never leave or store items, such as toys or remotes, above TVs
or on top of furniture where children might be tempted to climb on the
furniture or TV trying to reach them. In all scenarios, secure the TV
cables and cords and keep them out of a child’s reach.
If you go to someone else’s home during the
Super Bowl, especially if children will be playing in another part of the home
or away from the adult game-watchers, check to make sure that there are no TV
and/or furniture tipping hazards in that area that could be especially
dangerous to unattended or wandering children. And, don’t forget about
small appliances, like microwaves, which might be positioned on a movable cart
or high-top table.
For more information on these and other
safety tips, including how to position and anchor TVs and furniture, visit www.anchorit.gov