We have had some close calls in our house with child proofing (or lack-thereof) when the kids were small…like the time Ronin shut Ellie in the dryer (Yikes, that one is hard to admit. We now have a child-proof lock on the laundry door). Or the time Ronin lifted the toilet seat tank, dropped it, broke a pipe, and flooded 3/4 of our home. I am NOT kidding about either incident. SCARY.
Both happened in an instant when I wasn’t looking. We all get busy and can’t watch the kids like a hawk 24/7. I bet you have your own tales to tell. And that doesn’t make any of us bad parents, it means we’re human.
So here’s my Public Service Announcement for the day:
Child-proofing is SO important. Not only for your kids safety, but for your own state of mind.
We have a flat panel television in our living room and for years it sat on a TV stand. It didn’t even occur to me how unsafe that could be. I mean, I bet most parents aren’t aware of the safety risks that flat panel TVs pose for kids. Due to increasing size and ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.
SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to educate consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s. SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families that reduce TV tip-over. Here’s a great video with more info:
If you’re not convinced yet, a 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:
- 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
That is SO scary. Seriously. But guess what, SANUS is offering Motherhood Unadorned readers a giveaway! Winner will receive ONE mount that best fits their TV. (Retail Value up to $250)
Please Note: Installation is not included! However, SANUS offers easy 1, 2, 3 installation with a wall template to ensure even placement. There’s an online video that walks through simple installation available at any time. No additional tools are necessary – all required installation hardware is included in the package. And they have live customer support available 6 days a week.
Enter in the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!!
Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post at this time. SANUS has offered a flat panel TV wall mount to myself and a winner. I do not have experience with this specific product yet. You are responsible to make sure it can be safely mounted in your home. SANUS is NOT responsible for installation.