So – you’ve invested in your dream flat screen TV. Now – where to put it?

Should you secure it to a wall? There are few places in most homes large enough for today’s flat screens. If you choose to mount it on the wall, be sure your system is secure. The average flat screen weighs 50 pounds – and could easily injure children and adults if it tips over. From 2006 to 2011, more than 100,000 injuries resulted from tipped televisions, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). From 2000 to 2011, 215 people died in accidents involving a falling television: 96 percent were children younger than 10.

Homeowners have many options for wall mounting a television, but beware of recent recalls on some mounting systems. Ergotron recalled more than 200,000 wall mounts at the end of January 2014 due to injury risk.

Some people choose to mount their new televisions above their fireplace. It’s not always the ideal location because the height is often awkward for viewers. Plus it can take years off your TV’s life if you’re not careful. In addition to potential smoke damage, your new plasma or LCD screen usually needs to run at a specific temperature (check manuals for specifics), so you could actually damage the internal components of your television if it gets too hot.
Lift cabinet
Atlantic Lift Cabinet

A third option is to consider a television lift system. Not all lift systems are created equal. Look for quality suppliers like that have taken the guesswork out of displaying your flat screen in style. The lift they use is a tray at the bottom of the lift – preventing the television from crashing onto the floor. It’s a simple installation process that guarantees success every time. No measuring necessary. Plus there’s no tipping danger.