We still have a giant boob tube in our house. The television in my room was a wedding gift. It now has to heat up before the screen shows color. It’s like watching the Wizard of Oz every single day. I would not allow my kids to have an older model TV in their room. I think there was an episode of Oprah warning about the danger these TV’s pose Oprah Winfrey scared the hell out of me for years. Those TV’s could kill a small child if the stand happened to tip over. So, when my 13-year-old got a TV in his room, he hit the jackpot and got the flat screen, I kept the TV that’s about the size of a smart car. We also have a flat screen downstairs in the family room. Family room? Living room? Whatever you call it. My husband is in the midst of an unspoken battle with a friend over who has a larger, um (cough) TV. His friend is winning. I refuse to allow my spouse to waste money on a TV larger than the 46 inch we currently have. What’s the difference? (Men around the globe gasp in unison.)
I had no idea flat screen TV’s can be just as dangerous as older, heavier TV’s. I hate to be Debbie Downer, but the truth is these TV’s, if bumped or pulled, can cause injury or even death. SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to reduce TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities. Here are some crazy statistics:
* A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
* Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
*Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over
*An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
* Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006 to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%
Isn’t that insane? I get a lot of emails from companies asking me to host giveaways. I did not hesitate when contacted by this one. So, CynicalMother.com is giving away a SANUS flat screen TV wall mount. To enter to win just subscribe to this blog (yep, right over there on the right. Enter your email and Viola!) Then, it would be great if you head on over to Facebook & Twitter (MySpace is so late 90’s) and share this link. Good luck! The winner will be announced next week.
*Prize does not include installation of wall mount
*Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to claim prize. If prize is not claimed within that time a new winner will be selected at random.