Anchoring a flat screen panel TV's onto a wall or strapping it to a wall or cabinet (that is also anchored to the wall) and anchoring top-heavy furniture onto a wall are among these layers of protection. However what is often left out of the recommendations for parents is the importance of "properly" securing these to the wall. Properly securing these to a wall means using the appropriate method of attaching the TV or furniture to the wall, via a screw into a wooden stud or using the appropriate hollow wall bolt.
Prevention: One of the most important components among these layers of protection is to anchor TV's and furniture "properly" so when they are anchored, they remain stable and cannot fall onto a child. This concept is similar to that of child restraint systems (CRS). Whereas even with the most expensive and safest car seat installed in the most expensive and safest vehicle is only as safe as it is properly used and correctly installed. When anchoring a TV or furniture to a wall it must be done correctly anchored "properly" to be effective.
Correct use & properly anchored: Remember when anchoring TV’s and furniture to the wall, the anchors, mounts, straps and braces used are only as safe as they are correctly used and properly installed. When anchoring into a wall:
- Find a wood stud in the wall to fasten into. If found, screw the mount, strap or anchor onto the wall, then screw anchor onto furniture or TV.
- If however a wood stud is not found and you must use the hollow section of the wall, you must use the appropriate hollow wall “anchor bolt” or “molly bolt” for either a “plaster” wall (older homes) or “drywall” wall (newer or remodeled homes). If you are unsure of the type of wall, contact your local hardware store to help make a determination. Once known, they can assist you with the type of hollow wall bolt needed. See types below.
Types of Hollow Wall Bolts
Once you know if the wall is plaster or drywall you can then determine which type of hollow wall bolt is needed. Again if you are unsure consult your local hardware store regarding types and size needed. They can also assist you with the strength size of the wall bolt needed (i.e. for heavy furniture or larger wall mounted flat panel TV's).
TV Safety Guide
Flat Screen Panel TV's
Furniture Safety Guide
Unstable & Top-heavy Furniture