As soon-to-be parents ready their home for a new bundle of joy, countless
safety items are purchased. Socket covers, cabinet locks, and door handle
protectors are just a few of the many safety products on the market for
parents and guardians of young children today. Unfortunately, there is
one type of injury that many parents and family members of young children
may not be as highly informed about. Television and furniture tip-over
accidents injure a child every 24 minutes in the United States. 81% of
those incidents happen inside the child’s home and 2/3 involve toddlers.
A child loses his or her life, on average, every two weeks as a result
of a tip-over accident.
Earlier this year, reports surfaced of an IKEA dresser tipping over on
top of a 22-month-old boy, which caused his death. The dresser style is
the IKEA MALM. In July of 2015, the CPSC and IKEA announced a “repair
program” for chests and dressers after two separate 2014 incidents
resulted in toddler deaths. This product recall/repair program allows
customers to request repair kits with hardware for anchoring to the wall
free of charge. More than 300,000 kits have been provided to customers
– a fraction of the 27 million dressers affected by the recall.
So what’s the best method to anchor your television or furniture?
The following steps are suggested by the CPSC’s “Anchor It!” campaign:
- Purchase and use only sturdy furniture that is made to hold a television.
Media centers and television stands detail their safety and usage details
on the packaging.
- Flat screen televisions should be mounted to the wall or furniture. This
- Secure any TVs that are not wall mounted by anchoring them to the wall.
- Remove tempting objects, such as toys, from the top of furniture and televisions.
- Follow instructions provided by the manufacturer very carefully when securing
TVs and furniture.
- Top-heavy furniture should be secured by purchasing anti-tip brackets for
a small fee. Most new furniture is sold with anti-tip devices included.
Even if you do not have children in your home, it is good practice to anchor
your furniture in the event of a child visiting. It can also be dangerous
for pets and adults bending in front of furniture. Even furniture and
TVs in rooms other than common areas should be anchored. In fact, a majority
of accidents happen in the bedroom. For more information about tip-over