Raising Awareness About the Dangers of Furniture Tip-Over
Secure ALL furniture with shelves, drawers, and doors to the walls (into a stud if possible) with an appropriate device.
It doesnít matter how tall or short, heavy, stable, or well made it is.†
Be sure that what you use can hold the weight of a fully loaded piece of furniture.†† You may need more than one or two straps.
You can use any of the following (easily found on line if not in a store near you):
Safety First Furniture Wall Straps
Kidcoís Anti-tip furniture straps and Flat Screen TV straps
Quake Hold TV strap, computer strap, big or flat screen TV strap, and appliance strap.† They also have putty and industrial Velcro.
Parent Unitís Safety straps and topple stops (great for TVís/computer monitors)
Hangman Anti-Tip Furniture Strap
Secure ALL TVís to the wall and/or to the table/entertainment center on which it sits.†
Donít forget to secure computer monitors.
Place TV sets and computer monitors on low, stable units as far back as possible, then secure them to the wall and/or to the surface on which it sits
Do not place anything on top of the TV, out of reach is not out of mind!
Place heavy and most often used/played with items on the lowest shelf and in the lowest drawer, putting progressively lighter items in drawers from the bottom up.
Place any items that may be of interest to a child within easy reach so they are not enticed to climb for it or reach for it.†
Do not place items on top of dressers that children may want to play with or that they use.† It only tempts them to climb to reach them.
Do not place items you do not want your child to have within their sight but out of their reach (or even out of sight and out of their reach if they know where you put it) as they are likely to try to climb or reach for it.† Remote controls and toys/games/videos/DVDís are items kids frequently reach for on top of TVís.†
Donít assume simply telling your child not to climb/reach is enough, it isnít.† Even if they can tell you what they are not supposed to do!
Donít assume your child will remember the dangers even if youíve told them to be careful.† Play is the work of children.
Think outside the box.† Consider other things in your home that could be a risk and should be secured.† Perhaps a sculpture or artwork, vases, or large decorative pieces on the floor or on a stand, table, or shelf.
Donít assume it canít happen to you, it can, and in a heartbeat.
Donít assume your child is too old.† Every child under 10 needs to be protected.† Adults and the elderly have also been seriously injured or even killed by fallen furniture or televisions.
Make sure everywhere your child spends time (day care, grandparents, etc) is also a safe environment.
Do it right, do it now.† The next child saved could be yours.
Even if your furniture and TVís are secured, check the safety straps frequently to be sure they are still secure.† They can come loose or plastic cable ties and parts can break over time, especially if exposed to sunlight or increased pressure.
Here is an article I wrote for a local Newspaper suitable for sharing.† Keeping kids safe from overlooked dangers in the home.† The Tipping Point.
How To Safely Secure Your Furniture and Televisions and Tips for Additional Safety
Safety First Furniture Wall Straps Highly Recommended by Professional Child Proofers
Mommyís Helper Furniture Safety Brackets
Quake Hold Flat Screen TV strap.† They also have a Big Screen and Ďregularí TV strap.
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