6 Steps to Prevent Furniture Tip-Over Injuries to Children

Boy climbing dresser

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Recently, a 5-year-old Michigan girl was nearly killed when a TV and dresser fell on her.

It’s a small step that many parents are unaware of, or simply forget to do, but failing to anchor heavy furniture to the wall sends an injured child to the emergency room every 30 minutes.

Young children see the world as a jungle gym. Sometimes they want to climb and play. Other times, they simply want to reach something that is too high. Falling and tipping hazards exist in every room of your house.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 46% of tip-over fatalities occur in a bedroom. In fact, three children were killed this year alone by dressers that tipped over on them.

Bathroom shelves above the toilet, dressers in the bedroom, televisions and book shelves in the family room. Frequently, adults fail to see the danger in these everyday items. Getting on your child’s level and taking a tour of the house can help a parent identify climbing temptations.

In order to keep your children safe, try these 6 easy steps from the Anchor It! Campaign.

  1. Place TV’s on sturdy, low bases.
  2. Anchor the furniture and the TV on top of it, and push the TV as far back on top of the furniture as possible.
  3. Keep remote controls, toys, and other items that might be attractive to children off TV stands or furniture.
  4. Keep TV and cable cords out of reach of children.
  5. Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
  6. Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.