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Preventing TV and Furniture Tip Overs

Cooler days and nights may mean a little more inside time for kids. It’s a time when kids may be watching a little more television, and may also be looking for things to do.

However, an unsecured TV can be dangerous. An average living room television falling three feet creates the same momentum as a 1 year old child falling 10 stories. Over the past 10 years, there has been a 31% increase in TV tip overs, with 7 out of 10 of those being kids age 5 and younger.  More than $8 million dollars is spent each year to treat children under 19 in emergency rooms due to TV tip overs.

An entertainment center with drawers and shelves becomes an obstacle course for a curious child. And bedroom dresser drawers can be equally as tempting.

Assess the stability of your TV. If it is unbalanced or easy to move, consider mounting televisions to wall brackets, out of reach of small hands. If it is an older model television that cannot be wall mounted, use a low and stable stand that will not tip. Secure the TV stand to the wall using brackets or wall straps.

Use brackets or wall straps on furniture to secure it to the walls. Install drawer stops on drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out.

Put heavier items in bottom drawers to avoid top heavy drawer tip overs.

Avoid placing remote controls or toys up high where kids might be tempted to climb to get them. Little fingers are curious and persistent.

Use sturdy furniture, and anchor it. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for safely anchoring furniture and televisions.

Make sure furniture anchors are installed properly, preferably with drywall screws, into a wall stud.

Get down to the height of your child. Crawl on your hands and knees, bend down to their height. See things from their perspective.  See what they may find tempting and secure it, before it becomes a problem.

Be prepared, stay safe.

Source: www.safekids.org and cpsc.gov