Television tip-over has caused injury to thousands of young children. Securing your flat-screen TV should be a high priority even if you don't have small children. You need to protect your investment by properly fastening your flat screen TV to a wooden stand. The cost for securing your flat scree is small compared to the money you've already invested in your TV and wooden stand. It should only take a short amount of time to properly fasten your flat-screen TV to a wooden stand.
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Things you need
- TV safety straps
- Safety strap instructions
Test your wooden stand for sturdiness, the wooden stand should be stable without anything on it. Anchor the wooden stand at the bottom if you feel it needs extra support. Weights and other heavy objects like plants or books are an option. Look for any weak spots in the wood. If you notice cracks in the wood, you should replace the stand to avoid the risk of it breaking.
Place the flat-screen TV as far back on the wooden stand as you can. Allow enough room for the safety straps and don't push the TV so far back that it hits the wall. Have another person help pick the TV up if its too heavy or large. Don't risk the chance of dropping the TV and injuring yourself.
Attach the safety straps, follow instructions that came with the straps. Different types straps might require particular tools. You might want to inspect the straps before attaching them just to make sure there are no obvious sings of weakness.
Test the straps, grab the TV at the top with both hands and try to shake the TV. If you notice the base of the TV coming off the base of the wooden stand, you probably need to tighten the straps.
Attach all cables and media devices to the TV. Make sure none of the cables are trapped underneath the wooden stand.
Slide the stand to the desired location, have someone help you because you are moving a lot of weight. If you have a wooden floor, you should probably pick the stand up because sliding it will more than likely cause damage to the floor. Inspect the bottom of the stand to make sure no wires or cables caught underneath the stand when sliding it into position.
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