Written by Lauren Theobald on February 2, 2016

National TV Safety Day is a day for spreading TV safety awareness and takes place this Saturday, February 6th, 2016. Is the timing a coincidence with the big game right around the corner? We think not, and here's why: We're supporting Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Safe Kids Worldwide who partnered up to make homes safer by providing the option to recycle your old CRT TVs and give TV Safety tips to ensure your flat-panel and curved TV's are properly secured. It's so easy to protect your kiddos and pets from the potential risk of a TV tip-over.

We take TV safety very seriously at SANUS and we need your help to spread the word before the Big Game.

The truth about TV tip-overs:

Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. Over the past 10 years, a child visited the emergency room every 45 minutes because of a TV tipping over.

Here are some ""TV and Furniture Tip-Over Prevention Tips"" from Safe Kids Worldwide to help ensure that your home and family is safe:

  • Check TVs: Do a quick check of the stability of all TVs in your home.
  • Secure TVs: Mount flat-screen and curved TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. If you're replacing your CRT TV with ?a new TV, be sure? that your flat-panel or curved TV is? properly secured with ?a mount that has a? safety certification by an independent laboratory (such as UL, CSA, ETL.) Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
  • If you have a large, heavy, older, box-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
  • Recycle Old TVs: If you no longer use your CRT TV, consider recycling it. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to GreenerGadgets.org.
  • Secure Furniture: Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to fall.
  • Rearrange Household Items: Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
  • Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.

Finally, here is a really great Home AV Safety Checklist for you to share with friends and family; together, we can spread the word and make a difference!

For mounting solutions, please visit shop.sanus.com.

By sharing what you now know about TV safety and spreading the word about National TV Safety Day with your friends and family, you could prevent a TV tip-over accident and even save a child's life! Now let's all safely enjoy the last football game of the year. Cheers!

Topics: Home Safety