Prevent Tip-Over Injuries in Your Home

November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Furniture and TV tip-over incidents are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a child is killed once every two weeks, and tens of thousands are injured every year from TV and furniture tip-overs.

The CPSC is urging parents and caregivers to inspect and anchor furniture and TVs in order to protect young children from a preventable tragedy.

Between 2000 and 2010, the CPSC received reports of 245 tip-over-related deaths involving children 8 years old and younger. In more than half of those fatalities, the child was crushed by the weight of the TV, furniture or appliance.

Follow these simple, low-cost safety tips in any home where children live or visit:

  • Anchor furniture such as bookcases, chests or dressers to the wall or the floor.
  • Place TVs on sturdy, low bases, or anchor the furniture and the TV on top of it, and push the TV as far back on the furniture as possible.
  • Keep remote controls, toys and other items that might attract children off of TV stands or furniture.
  • Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
  • Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
  • Supervise children at all times.


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