If you’re lucky enough to have a large screen TV set in your home, or possibly more than one, you need to keep safety in mind. Quite simply, the bigger
If you’re lucky enough to have a large screen TV set in your home, or possibly more than one, you need to keep safety in mind. Quite simply, the bigger your TV set is, the more dangerous it can be, particularly for small children.
Over the past year, there have been several cases of young children being injured or even killed by TV sets falling. One little girl from Australia spent several weeks in hospital following cranial surgery after she was crushed by a big screen TV, weighing 30kg, falling from a chest of drawers.
The fact is that modern TVs with large flat screens weigh more than we might imagine. They’re certainly heavy enough to do significant damage to surroundings and people, particularly if they fall from a poorly installed wall bracket. If a child is underneath when this happens, the impact is comparable to being hit by a falling log.
Where NOT To Put Your Television
If you have a large, flat screen television, it’s likely to be inherently unstable if left balancing on a unit of any kind. Chests of drawers, shelves, units and tables aren’t suitable places at all and are likely to lead to accidents. Combine the above with a location that sees a lot of heavy traffic or has unstable flooring and you have a real danger on your hands.
Use Common Sense
Some Satellite TV providers give advice about installing your TV safely and essentially, it comes down to good common sense. Only use a TV stand or brackets that are fit for the job and designed for the task in hand. Ideally, use the stand or bracket recommended or made for your TV’s brand. These will have been designed and stress-tested against the specific TV model’s weight.
Consider the Surroundings
If you’re mounting a large, flat screen TV on the manufacturer’s supplied ‘foot’, make sure the mounting area is large enough to comfortably hold the stand’s footprint. There must also be enough space between the stand and the object on which it stands. This ensures that no impact will lead to the TV rocking.
All In One Stands
All in one stands, which are the type that incorporate shelving for full media centres, can be a good choice, but check their suitability against your TV model. If you’ve bought your TV from your satellite provider as part of your TV package, most Satellite TV providers also offer an approved stand for your manufacturer’s model. Regardless of whether you’re offered a stand or not, ask for your Satellite TV provider’s guidance on the type of stand or bracket you should be using.
Generally, you’ll need to buy wall brackets separately from the TV, but again, make sure it’s a manufacturer-approved model. It’s also wise to get a professional in to affix the bracket, unless you are comfortable with your abilities and have another person on hand to help. Ideally, you do need two people to hold the television, whilst you sort the fixings. Take the usual health and safety precautions that include clearing the area and making sure there are no children or pets in the vicinity. Dropping a TV on your foot won’t be pleasant. Read the bracket installation instructions very carefully and choose the wall on which you’ll be hanging the TV very carefully too, finding the studding to correctly locate the requisite load-bearing bolts.
In conclusion, flat screen TVs are likely to be with us for many years and are a fantastic piece of kit when installed correctly. However, you must never take short cuts and keep the risks in mind when having such a large and heavy TV screen in your home.
About Author:Kristina Louis is a freelance content writer by profession. She writes article on behalf of Satellite TV providers. Gadgets and Internet technology are her topic of interest and she find immense pleasure in writing article on Internet technology.
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