Falling furniture, electronics, and appliances caused at least 363 fatalities in the United States from 2000 through 2012. And more than 4 out of every 5 fatally injured is a child younger than 8 years old. Overall, about 38,000 emergency room visits each year result from instable furniture or electronics.
Head injuries and injuries from being crushed under falling electronics or by tipped furniture and appliances, are the most common.
To prevent a tip-over tragedy:
- USE STURDY FURNITURE AND SECURE YOUR TV
Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers. Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall.
- MOUNT FLAT-SCREEN TV
Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.
- FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure TVs and furniture properly.
- SECURE TOP-HEAVY FURNITURE
Existing furniture can be anchored with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, are sold with anti-tip devices. Install them right away.
- REMOVE TEMPTING OBJECTS
Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.