5 Ways to Prevent a Tip-Over

Let’s Get on It, Before They Do!

 

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season with family and friends.

Just recently, I stumbled upon a video (see below) on ABC News that featured a two-year old boy rescuing his twin brother from underneath a fallen dresser.  I was shocked to watch the video, and relieved that this had a happy ending for the family.

 

 

 

As has been reported in the last few months, many children have been killed and seriously injured by falling furniture. The most highly publicized of these stories is the $50 million dollar IKEA settlement that was agreed to in December 2016, following a slew of children’s deaths and injuries from tipping IKEA dressers.  

This got me to thinking how critical such a small modification can be in saving a life. In a heartbeat, these families’ lives were changed forever.  I understand it can be difficult to make these modifications. You spend the day shopping, spending money, and excited by the arrival of your brand new furniture. Then comes the fun part; having to spend hours trying to figure out how to read the instructions (translating Swedish stick figures), finding your tools, and putting it together correctly.  Once that is done, now you need figure out how to mount it safely into the wall??  


Like most people, you probably find yourself saying “I’ll do that later.”  And then, just like that, your furniture or television is up against the wall, looking beautiful.  The reminder to mount it to the wall is quickly forgotten…   I know… I’ve been there…   


Unintentional injury is one of the leading causes of childhood death and injury in the United States. Proper security and safety measures, including childproofing your home, can eliminate almost all of these injuries.

To create a safe and secure environment for your children, grandchildren and guests, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the five following modifications to prevent a tip-over in your home:

  1. USE STURDY FURNITURE

Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers.

  1. SECURE YOUR TV

Televisions that are not wall mounted should be anchored using anti-tip devices.

  1. MOUNT FLAT-SCREEN TVS

Properly mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 

We know these projects can be time-consuming and challenging. However, taking the time to properly secure furniture can save a life.  Let 4 Lakes Handyman help you eliminate the hidden hazards that lurk in every room of your home.