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How to Anchor It

Preventing tip-over incidents is easy, inexpensive, and only takes 5 minutes. Learn how to secure your TVs and furniture by following these simple steps, and you could protect a child from injury.

Consumers

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Use sturdy furniture

Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers.

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Secure your TV

Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall.

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Mount flat-screen TVs

Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.

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Follow instructions

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure TVs and furniture properly.

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Low and stable – CRT TV

CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.

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Secure top-heavy furniture

Existing furniture can be anchored with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, are sold with anti-tip devices. Install them right away.

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Remove tempting objects

Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture

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Purchase Anti-Tip Devices

Anti-tip devices are sold online and in-stores for prices ranging from $5 to $25. Consumers can visit their local home improvement, electronic or mass merchandise store to purchase anti-tip devices. An online search for “anti-tip strap” or “anti-tip kit” will result in a variety of purchase options.  Install the anti-tip devices according to manufacturer instructions, and always double check the attachment points to make sure the device is secure.

Retailers and manufacturers

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Train associates

Train sales associates to inform consumers of the dangers of TV tip-over incidents and methods to prevent these incidents.

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Use displays

Use in-store displays to remind shoppers of the danger.

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Provide straps

Provide straps and wall brackets for consumers to secure TVs and furniture.

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Provide incentives

Provide incentives for the owners of CRT TVs to dispose of the TVs when they purchase new flat screen TVs.

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Comply with Furniture Performance Standards

Manufacture clothing and other storage units taller than 30 inches in accordance with stability and anchoring requirements as described in ASTM F2057-14.

Ensure that anchoring or tip-restraint systems are in accordance with ASTM F3096-14, and are able to withstand a pull force equivalent to the weight of a 5-year-old child.

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Adhere to TV Standards

Test stability of televisions to ensure compliance with voluntary standard UL 1492.

Resources

Tip Over Dangers
2014 Tip Over Report
Recently Recalled Products
TV’s: Tipping the Scale to Safety
Anchor It and Protect a Child [Video]
Consumer Tip Card – English | Spanish
“How to Anchor” Educational Poster – English | Spanish

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