We've always been a fan of TV mounts and when the folks at Sanus contacted me about trying out a baby-safe Sanus TV mount, I was all too happy to give it a whirl. They're mailing ours now and we'll get our large flat screen mounted in the living room once it arrives. I read through some of the stats Sanus sent out about TV-related accidents with kids and thought I'd share them here.
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.
Bringing this risk to the forefront, SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide. By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.
A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:Check out a Sanus TV safety video here.
· A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
· Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
· Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over
· An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
· Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006 to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%
Need a TV mount for your home? Win one here! Sanus has offered to give away a complimentary flat panel SANUS TV Vuepoint Mount F180 to one lucky reader, which will be ordered based on your personal TV size and mounting preference (stationary, tilt or full motion—installation not included). The contest is open to US residents only, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email on this post between now and midnight CST on Sunday, July 21. Anonymous comments may not enter, you must leave a name or identifying username and your email so I can contact the winner for details! Winner will be announced Monday, July 22 and will be chosen using random.org. You'll have 48 hours to respond to the email to claim your prize!
(Pssst. Don't have time to wait? Purchase your own Sanus TV mount at Wal-Mart!)
Good luck and safe TV watching!
Disclaimer: Sanus provided Texas Tales with a product to review in the coming weeks, and all specific facts and Sanus information were provided by the company. Any other opinions stated are my own. Contest open to US residents only.