UL’s Efforts to Educate Consumers on TV & Large Furniture Tip-Over Dangers
Although the UL/IEC 60065 (and now UL/IEC 62368-1) safety standards contain requirements for investigating the stability of individual televisions, ongoing efforts using hazard-based safety engineering (HBSE) continue at the technical committee level to further study the issue and determine whether further refinement of the requirements is possible. In view of the recent injuries and fatalities to children due to TV accidents, it is clear that part of the solution is education on the topic for families and caregivers so we all can do something to safeguard our homes and take steps to prevent similar tragedies.
As part of this effort, UL and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TV manufacturers and other organizations continue to spread the word about this potential hazard, and provide the educational guidance that families need to try to prevent such tragedies. Links are provided below to some of the information being made available from UL and the US CPSC. These news releases were further publicized by multiple news agencies and safety organizations, and the education effort will be ongoing.
Contact Kevin Ravo, director for technology, standards and regulations, UL global high-tech industry for details.