Prevent Furniture Tip-Overs / Prevent Serious Injury To Children
Whether you have a baby learning to stand, an unsteady toddler trying to climb or a fearless preschooler who still doesn’t quite understand balance, furniture tip-overs are a real danger for kids.
Regardless of your child’s abilities and limitations, top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can tip over and seriously injure young children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that between 2000 and 2010 there were at least 245 deaths related to tip-overs of furniture, televisions or appliances among children ages 8 years and under. 90 percent of those deaths involved children younger than 6.
There are many easy-to-install devices that anchor furniture to the wall, making furniture more stable and tip-over resistant. These devices are designed for dressers, wall units and anything your little explorer might try to climb.
Top safety tips to help prevent tip-over hazards:
If a piece of furniture is unstable or top-heavy, secure it to a stud in the wall using brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps.
Large items such as TVs, microwaves, fish tanks, bookcases, heavy furniture and appliances can topple off stands and fall on children.
If you have a newer, flat screen TV, make sure it’s properly anchored to the wall.
Read the manufacturer's instructions for tips or warnings regarding placement of your TV or furniture.
Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
Don't keep remote controls, candy, toys or other items that attract children on top of furniture, as your child might be enticed to reach for these items.
Supervise young children at all times.
-- content provided by Safe Kids USA