4 Rules to Protect Children from Furniture Accidents – Charlotte Observer
Every 24 minutes a falling piece of furniture or TV sends an injured child to the emergency room, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). September is Baby Safety Month, a great opportunity to ensure you are taking extra measures to keep your young ones safe at home. Follow these simple tips to prevent furniture tip-over accidents in your home.
1 – Make sure furniture meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety standards. This information can be found on the company’s website. Not all children’s furniture meets the ASTM safety standards, so make sure that you choose a brand with products that are engineered and tested to inhibit tip-over accidents.
2 – Properly secure your furniture using a furniture tipping restraint kit, which attaches dressers, bookcases and other top-heavy furniture to the wall. Existing furniture can be anchored with anti-tip brackets, which can be purchased online or at your local hardware store. Brackets are inexpensive and easy to install. New furniture is sold with tipping restraint kits, so install them right away. Always follow manufacturer instructions when installing these devices and be sure to double check the attachment points to make sure the device is secure.
3 – Choose products that are GREENGUARD Gold Certified. Indoor air quality is important for baby safety, and products that have achieved this certification have been screened for over 10,000 chemicals and more than 360 volatile organic compounds that pollute indoor air and contribute to health problems, including asthma and allergies. Stone & Leigh by Stanley Furniture is the only nursery and youth furniture line sold by independent retailers that is certified to meet the GREENGUARD Gold standard for indoor air quality.
4 – Audit other safety risks throughout the home, including attaching restraint hardware to all TVs. Televisions should only be placed on a media center or a low, sturdy piece of furniture that is the appropriate size for the TV. Never use a dresser as a TV stand, as it can easily tip over. If your TV isn’t mounted to the wall, make sure to anchor it with an anti-tip device or strap. Additionally, remove items that could tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of TVs and furniture.
Furniture tip-over accidents are 100 percent preventable. By following these simple tips, you can keep your children safe from furniture-related accidents and health issues.