Did you know that every 30 minutes tipped furniture or a falling TV sends an injured child to the emergency room? As National Home Furnishing Month is ending, we at ivalueSafety.com want to share some facts and tips by Anchor It! per the follow:
- On average, one child dies every two weeks when a TV or furniture falls onto him or her.
- 46 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in a bedroom.
- 91 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in the home.
- An estimated 33,000 consumers are injured each year due to tip-over incidents.
- 2/3 of TV and furniture tip-over fatalities involve toddlers.
- A TV can fall with the force of thousands of pounds. That is 10 times more powerful than being hit by an NFL lineman.
- The majority of tip-over incidents result in head injuries.
Preventing tip-over incidents is easy, inexpensive, and only takes 5 minutes:
- Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers.
- Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall.
- CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.
- Existing furniture can be anchored with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, are sold with anti-tip devices. Install them right away.
- Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.
- Anti-tip devices are sold online and in-stores for prices ranging from $5 to $25. Consumers can visit their 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. Install the anti-tip devices according to manufacturer instructions, and always double check the attachment points to make sure the device is secure.
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