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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.



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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.

Secure your TV

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

Mount flat-screen TVs

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

Follow instructions

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

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.

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.

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

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

Train associates

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

Use displays

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

Provide straps

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

Provide incentives

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

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.

Adhere to TV Standards

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


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“How to Anchor” Educational Poster – English | Spanish

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