TV and Furniture Tip-Overs
Every three weeks, a child dies from a TV tipping over. Nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S.
Top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can be unsteady, and if pulled or climbed on, they can tip over and seriously injure young children. These injuries can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Much like childproofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are important steps to keeping your family safe.
TV safety check
- Assess the stability of the TV's in your home.
- Secure TVs
- Mount flat screen TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TVs toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure you protect your wall and have a secure fit.
- If you have a large, heavy cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture
- Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
- Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to fall.
Rearrange household items
- Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
- Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.