Each year, emergency rooms deal with many incidents involving furniture tipping over and falling onto small children, causing serious injuries and in some cases, even death. Many parents do not think about the safety implications that having heavy appliances such as television sets and large, tall furniture like dressers left unattended. In order to prevent such tragedies, there are several precautions you can take in your home to ensure that your child will be safe, no matter which room they decide to play in.
Follow these safety tips at home in order to prevent injury to your child from tipping over or falling furniture:
- Never place toys or remote controls up high where children will be enticed to climb up on furniture or onto chairs to reach them.
- Rather than set a television on top of another piece of furniture, securely attach TVs onto the wall using a bracket or special TV mount.
- Use secure anchors to attach dressers and other taller furniture securely to the wall.
- Keep the heaviest items you store away in the lower drawers of your furniture. This will help prevent them from becoming top-heavy and prone to falling over.
- If your TV is not able to be mounted to the wall, place it on a lower piece of furniture rather than high up.
- Never leave children in a room unattended. Curious kids tend to want to reach up high or climb, which can result in falls or objects falling onto them.
- Install drawer locks so kids can't open them when you are not in the room.
- Secure rugs to the floor using non-slip mats to prevent tripping and falling.
- Keep loose cords securely coiled close to the wall and away from foot traffic.
- Even coat racks can be dangerous. Store coats in a closet or place coat racks in a separate room where children do not go.
- Place kid friendly foam edges along corners of furniture to prevent injuries.
- If you have very lightweight furniture, replace it with heavier items that are not prone to falling over easily.
- Bunk beds are not recommended for children under the age of five, since they may be prone to rolling off the bed and becoming injured.
- Do not allow children to jump or rough house on the bed, couch, or recliner.
- Install safety latches on chests and other large furniture pieces where little hands can get hurt from heavy lids falling down on them.
Talk to a furniture expert like Red House Furniture to make your furniture safe.