TVs are home hazards that can cause serious injuries if not properly anchored.

Anchoring Your TVs

All TVs in the home should be anchored along with the stands they are on. Use products designed for television anchoring.

Safety straps designed for anchoring TVs can be used to secure a TV to the wall studs or to the back of a furniture that is anchored to the wall. Another option for TVs is to install TV wall mounts, which are secured to the studs in the wall. Whether installing TV anchoring straps or a wall mount, attaching the anchoring device securely to the wall studs with the appropriate length screws is critical for safety. Plastic hollow wall anchors will NOT be secure enough. It may be a good idea to hire a professional for installing a wall mount, especially if you have trouble locating the wall studs, there are concrete walls, metal surfaces or you encounter any other challenges.

When using a TV stand or entertainment center, make sure to use an appropriate one that is designed to support the size and weight of the TV. The TV should be placed on a sturdy, low base and pushed back as far as possible. Even when using the correct stand for your TV, it should be anchored correctly. Hide and secure cords so children cannot grab or pull on them (to keep what’s attached to them from falling down on the child).

Avoid placing any items on top of the TV that might attract a curious child, such as toys, games, DVDs, and remote controls.


Remember, tip-over injuries are preventable. Even when supervised, curious or active children quickly find trouble. There are simple steps parents and grandparents can take to protect children. Anchor It!