Tragically, up to two children nationally die every year from furniture or TVs toppling over.
Toppling furniture and TVs also cause hundreds of serious injuries each year. Accidents can happen very quickly and suddenly. Making sure your home is safe for children could prevent a serious accident.
Small children are adventurous, climbing on furniture such as freestanding bookcases, drawers, wardrobes and side boards. If the furniture is unstable or not secured, the child’s weight can cause it or items placed on top of the furniture, such as TVs, to topple over.
You can take steps to prevent unstable furniture and TVs from toppling over and crushing a child.
Make sure you secure furniture and TVs using furniture straps, angle braces or anchors screwed into walls.
These devices are easy to install. If they are supplied with furniture or TVs, make sure you use them. You can also purchase them from your local hardware store or furniture supplier.
Use child-resistant locks on furniture drawers to stop young children from climbing them like a flight of stairs.
If you are renting a home, speak with your landlord or agent for permission to install a furniture strap, angle brace or anchor to the wall. Explain why you want to install the device and assure them that if any damage is caused by the installation, you will repair it when the tenancy ends. Make sure you get the landlord or agent’s approval in writing.
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