Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® are teaming up to make homes safer by encouraging families to recycle their old TVs. As part of this effort, Safe Kids and CEA urge parents and caregivers to do quick checks of their homes and make sure all of their TVs are safely secured and placed properly. Larger and heavier cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can tip over and cause serious injuries, even death, if children climb onto the furniture.
“We’re asking families to add one important, and perhaps overlooked, task to their Super Bowl prep,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Take a look around your home. Can the flat panel TV tip over? Have you moved the old CRT to a bedroom dresser where it rarely gets watched? On National TV Safety Day, recycle that old TV. Your home will be safer for it.”
Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing CRT TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. If families no longer use their CRT TV, consider recycling it. For families with flat panel televisions, Safe Kids recommends mounting TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.
“Major sporting events, including the upcoming Super Bowl, drive significant TV sales every year,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “As these new TVs enter the home, families deciding what to do with their old CRT TVs should visit a local recycling location to properly dispose of the TV and get it out of the home.”
Safe Kids and CEA recommend these top tips to help keep kids safe and improve the environment.
Top tips for parents:
- Secure your TV. If you have an older CRT TV, make sure you place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.
- Recycle your TV. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org.
- If you’re replacing your CRT TV with a new TV, be sure it’s properly secured.
For more TV safety tips, visit www.safekids.org