Accessorize: Here’s to a Safe New Year
As we ring in 2011, it's fitting to add home safety to the list of New Year's resolutions. The safety of A/V products is a relevant issue and one that should remain top-of-mind for manufacturers, retailers and consumers. In the same way that a parent protects a child from hazardous chemicals or hot appliances, taking the appropriate measures to protect children and pets around home theater equipment is necessary.
As our industry's landscape continues to change, manufacturers have responded by focusing on smart product designs that integrate safety features from the onset. The result is a breadth of home theater accessories that protect children and pets from hazards.
Flat-panel TVs are getting increasingly thinner and lighter and the safest way to ensure they won't tip over is to mount them on the wall. There are a lot of choices in mounting, but certainly ones with built-in locking mechanisms should be a priority. Consideration should also be given to mounts made from high-grade materials such as cold rolled steel, aircraft grade cable, aluminum and plastics reinforced with fiber. Certification from industry standards such as UL, which attest to a product's capability, should be pursued and publicized.