Anchor Furniture and Prevent Toddler Accidents

Did you know that 91% of furniture tip-over fatalities occur in the home? Here's advice about how to prevent an accident in your home from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Anchor Furniture

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recommending that consumers secure TVs and furniture to walls in their home with an anchoring kit or hardware sold at home centers and hardware stores for under $10. Enter "anchor furniture" in a search engine to find the different types that are available and how to install them.

Toddlers are involved in two-thirds of TV and furniture tip-over fatalities. Parents, grandparents and family members in households with young children or homes where young children visit should know that families with toddlers between the ages of 2 to 5 are about 60 percent of child tip-over fatalities.

"Ninety-one percent of furniture tip-over fatalities occur in the home," says CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. The CPSC cites the importance of anchoring furniture and TVs. Here are 6 take-aways to prevent a tip-over incident and protect your child from injury from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

1. Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.

2. CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.

3. Secure top-heavy existing furniture with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, are sold with anti-tip devices. Install them right away.

4. Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.

5. Purchase anti-tip devices sold online and in-stores for prices ranging from $5 to $25. Visit your local home improvement, electronic or mass merchandise store to purchase anti-tip devices. An online search for "anti-tip strap" or "anti-tip kit" will result in a variety of purchase options.

6. Install the anti-tip devices according to manufacturer instructions, and always double check the attachment points to make sure the device is secure.

The Scandinavian retailer Ikea recently launched a line of tip-resistant dressers in their Glesvar collection that encourages cutomers to secure the furniture to the wall. Some of the dressers are designed with two front legs so the furniture can't stand without being attached to the wall. Others have drawers that can't open without being property anchored. Hardware with instructions are provided with the dressers.

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