NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
It’s an argument I’ve had with my husband at least twice in my lifetime.
“You are not going to mount that TV yourself,” I’ve cautioned.
“Of course I’m not going to do it myself! I’m going to call Dave to come help,” he’s responded.
And the conversation loops on repeat for about five days, until Dave shows up, measurements are made, holes are drilled, and the television is hoisted… and then set back down. On the TV stand. Where it currently resides.
I hate to say I told you so but… yeah.
Okay, in my husband’s defense, we can’t actually mount our television in our current setup because the wall has a concrete backing. So, we either redesign our glam cave or use a television stand as an alternative. (Which actually has its own safety concerns – read on.)
For the purposes of this post, here’s a picture of the glam cave in our basement, the last time it was super clean – which I believe was last Christmas. Hey! Halloween is over. I’m allowed to post pictures of holiday happiness!
As you can see, the 60-inch television is supported by about a 4-inch stick which connects to the base… and that’s about it. Nothing could go awry with that, right? WRONG. Settle in, friends, because I want to chat about a topic you haven’t attributed enough time and attention to. I’m talking about safe television installation. And I’ve got a super sweet giveaway coming up – valued at approximately $500.00! – so it’s in your best interest to follow along.
You may have read in the news recently about a study reporting on the hazards of falling televisions in the home.
“Those top-heavy, flat-screen televisions can topple over onto children, crush their tiny bodies and in the worst-case scenario, fatally cave in their skulls, researchers say.” Um, YIKES.
According to the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP), Sick Kids treated 33 children who had been injured by falling TVs between 2011 and 2013. Twelve of the children were admitted, 16 had head injuries and 18 had fractures, including skull fractures. The Toronto researchers determined that about 85 per cent of these injuries occurred in the home and more than three-quarters were not witnessed by a parent or caregiver.
So, what can you do to prevent this needless injury?
– Avoid placing toys or remotes on top of the TV.
– Create a restricted play area around the television.
– Use a proper TV stand or console; don’t place it on top of a high piece of furniture.
– Position the TV back from the edge of where it’s placed.
And, there are two SUPER important things you can do right now –
1. Experts recommend attaching the television to the wall, which can be done through a simple flat-screen wall-mount such as the Sanus Full Motion Flat-Panel TV Wall Mount from Best Buy Canada. The mount provides a sturdy base to support flat panel televisions, with full motion range that lets you swivel and tilt to suit your optimum viewing angle.
And, don’t be like my husband and try to wing it with a college friend – the Best Buy Geek Squad team provides a number of in-home television set up services to give you peace of mind that your home entertainment technology is installed safely and soundly. Services range from Standard Set Up that includes delivery, installation and demonstration of basic functions; to the Elite Premium Service Package that includes delivery, installation, connection to up to three devices in your home, dressing of wires, 3-year, 24/7 hour support and more.
2. If you’re unable to mount your television due to the location, purchase a safety strap such as the Sanus Anti-Tip Safety Strap. Newsflash: it’s JUST $19.99! Never before has peace of mind been so affordable. The Sanus Elements Anti-Tip Safety Strap helps reduce the risk of your television or furniture from accidentally tipping to create a safe environment in any room. Its unique 3-point attachment design allows the television to continue to be swivelled left or right on its pedestal base, if it has one. Here’s a visual for you:
We received a Sanus Anti-Tip Safety Strap for review and you can bet I put my husband to work right away. I’ll be honest; installation wasn’t a breeze initially, but that’s only because we lacked the correct screws (or drill, or something) and my husband had to run out to purchase the right tools. The lighting in our basement doesn’t allow for the best photos, but rest assured, we are now resistant to tipping!
And now… drum roll please… courtesy of my friends at Best Buy Canada, one lucky reader will WIN a Sanus Full Motion Flat-Panel TV Wall Mount PLUS Geek Squad installation! The total prize package is valued at approximately $500.00!
To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. And friends, even though this giveaway is amazing, if your current setup includes a television that is not wall-mounted, please do invest in a Sanus Anti-Tip Safety Strap. The universal design allows it to be attached to almost all televisions up to 60″ and weighing up to 200 lbs, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a mandatory piece of safety equipment in every home.