Sadly, each year there are too many cases of injuries to children from furniture tipping over reported. What is an even worse fact is that some of these cases end up being fatal. Although more and more safety standards are being put into practice each year by furniture companies, if they are not used in the right way at home, they could still be a hazard. What are some things parents can do to ensure that their furniture is not a tip over hazard?
Furniture such as dressers and shelving units should be stabilized by attaching them to the wall using a L bracket or strap.
When shopping for furniture, buy sturdy, solid items which are wider at the base. Store heavier items in bottom drawers so that unit does not become top heavy. The same should be done when it comes to shelving, heavier items should always be kept on the lower shelves.
Position televisions as far back as possible on a unit or if you can, keep it on a low stand.
Children enjoy climbing and like to use opened drawers for the purpose. By installing drawer stops, you will prevent this from happening to some extent.
If children see objects of their desire such as candy, toys or the remote etc., they will want to reach for them. You may want to keep them out of a child’s reach but, don’t store these items on a high shelve, its better to keep them either out of sight or on a lower shelf or drawer.
Small children can seriously injure themselves with loose or hanging electrical cords. Keep them out of their reach.
As we can see, there are a number of things that can be done to prevent tipping hazards. But as every parent knows, the important thing is good child supervision. and when they are old enough to understand, educating them on the dangers.
If you have any concerns about tipping hazards in your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice.