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Let's all mark our calendars and save the dateNational TV Safety Day is January 31. The importance of this safety alert message is not limited to the confines of our homes, be proactive and share this information with family, friends, loved ones and neighbors within our communities.

Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) are helping families by once again working together to help make our homes safer for children and adults. Parents and caregivers are being informed of the benefits of recycling heavy, older model box-style, cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions, which can be potentially dangerous for small children if not placed securely on a low, stable TV stand or other piece of furniture.

If these older model televisions are not properly secured, heavier CRT televisions can fall or tip over and endanger small children. It is an unfortunate fact that about every three weeks in the U.S. a young child dies from injuries sustained by a TV tipping over. Many times replaced televisions in working condition are
 placed in other rooms, sometimes on dressers or high furniture, where they may be used with game consoles, DVD players or VCRs resulting in accidents, injuries and even deaths. Many of these incidents are preventable by families taking a few simple steps. 

Here are some useful ideas to help to take care of your old TV to help keep kids safer in our homes and also improve the environment:

Secure your TV- If you have an older model TV, be certain to either secure the TV to a wall or safely place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate to support the television’s size and weight.

Recycle your TV- There are resources to help find a location near your home that will be able to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, visit www.GreenerGadgets.org.

Replace Your TV- It just might be time to replace your CRT TV with a newer television, be sure your flat-panel TV is properly secured with a mount that has been rated with a safety certification by an independent laboratory (such as UL, CSA, ETL).

Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more safety information.

Now, spread the word and help other parents to share National TV Safety Day awareness today and every day. You just might save a child from harm.