According to Safekids, a child dies every three weeks from a TV tipping accident. Nearly 13,000 children are injured each year from top-heavy furniture toppling over on them. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can be very unsteady. If children pull or climb on these objects they can easily tip over and fall on the child causing serious injury or possibly death. These accidents can be preventable by following these safety tips below.
- Mount flat screen televisions to the wall. Mounting the television to the wall will help reduce the risk of it tumbling off the stand. Following the manufacturer’s instructions can ensure your walls are protected and TVs are properly secure.
- If your television is older, with a large back, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture. The weight distributions in the older televisions are very uneven which can easily be tipped over.
- Brackets, braces and wall straps are recommended to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
- Install stops on dresser drawers. Theses stops prevent the drawers from being pulled all the way out which can cause the weight of the dresser to shift making it easier to fall.
- Educate your children on how important it is not to climb on household furniture. As parents or caretakers avoid placing items like food, toys, remote controls, etc. on furniture where your child might be tempted to climb up to reach for them.
- Deputy Jodi Wolfe