This article is from the Baby Proofing FAQ, by Sandra Smith, email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
From: Jim Franklin, Kodak Electronic Printing Systems
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We had a very close call with our TV several years ago. The TV and VCR
are on a very stable TV stand, and I judged that the stand could not be
overturned by a toddler. This turned out to be a correct judgement, but
I didn't consider the TV itself.
The TV is a standard 19" color model. So much of the electronics in
modern TV's is solid state that the picture tube itself is the only
component with any significant weight. Even though these things are 18"
deep, the center of gravity is VERY close to the front of the cabinet. If
you pull down on the top front of a TV, it only takes a small amount of
force (20 lbs) to topple it forward.
So, I was in the living room doing something when Brian (then ~18mo)
stepped onto the VCR, grabbed the top of the TV, and tried to climb
higher. The TV tipped forward, he fell backwards onto the floor, and the
TV fell 2' and landed flat on his chest and thighs. As I ran over I
thought he was dead.
In this case we just got lucky -- he wasn't hurt at all, just scared.
The TV landed flat, so there were no broken bones, not even bruises. And
it landed on his toddler "beer belly", not his head, which would have
shattered the picture tube with disastrous consequences.
That night I put eye-bolts in the back of the TV and fastened them to the
TV stand. Oh. I guess I need to say this for legal/ethical reasons:
messing with your TV can subject you to lethal electric currents, so don't
do this unless you know what you are doing.