Flat-screen televisions are lighter than older models, which can make them a hazard to the little people who live in your house. Curious little hands can grab the unit and pull it right off the stand, putting your child in serious danger. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, one child dies every three weeks as a result of a falling television. The good news is that with a few household tools, you can secure your television and stand, protecting them both from curious kiddos.
Items you will need
- Stud finder
- Bookshelf safety straps
- Television safety straps
Use the stud finder to find two studs in the wall behind the TV stand. When you find the studs, mark the spots with a pencil.
Open the package of bookshelf safety straps. There are four buckles with holes for screws, screws that fit into the buckles and two straps. Locate the buckles that fit onto the wall. Place one buckle over one of the marks on the wall and drill a hole through the opening on the buckle into the stud. Place a screw through the buckle into the new hole and screw the buckle to the wall. Repeat this step with the second buckle.
Hold the shelf portion of the buckle on the back of the shelf near the buckle already installed in the wall. These two buckles are joined by a strap, so they should be close together. Drill through the hole in the buckle. Place the screw in the hole and secure the buckle in place. Repeat this step with the second buckle.
Thread a strap through one buckle on the wall and its partner on the bookcase. Repeat this step with the second strap and pair of buckles. Leave both straps a little loose.
Open the package of safety straps. Locate the buckles that fit into the back of the television and the buckles that fit into the wall.
Locate the holes on the back of the television; these are anchor holes used when mounting the television on the wall. Screw the television buckles into these holes on the back of the television. Center your television on the stand.
Find the studs in the wall behind the television. Choose studs that are as close to the buckles on the back of the television as possible but still hidden behind the unit. Mark the studs with a pencil.
Drill a hole into the stud. Place a buckle over the hole and screw it into place with the accompanying hardware. Repeat this step with the other side.
Thread the strap through one of the buckles on the back of the television and the closest buckle on the wall. Repeat this step with the other buckles and second strap.
Tighten the buckle to hold the television securely, then tighten the straps holding the television stand in place.
- If your TV stand is open, you can cover it with a piece of Plexiglas. Measure the height and width of the front of the stand and ask your local hardware store to cut the Plexiglas to fit. Lay a strip of self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape around the edges of the clear piece of plastic. Stick the other half of the hook-and-loop tape to the edges of the stand, then press the plastic to the stand.
- Older-model televisions can tip as well. Make sure that your old console television is pushed as far back on the stand as possible.
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