TV and Furniture Safety
Every three weeks in the United States, a child dies from a TV tip-over (Prevent Child Injury).
Keep your child safe by ensuring the furniture and TVs in your home are secure. Pam Hoogerwerf and Kristel Wetjen, RN, provide information on everything you need to know to keep your child safe from TV and furniture tip-overs.
Tips to help prevent TV and furniture tip-overs:
Properly place your older-style TV
If you have a heavier, box-type TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate to the TV’s size and weight.
Secure your flat-panel TV
Mount flat-panel TVs onto a wall to prevent them from falling off TV stands.
Apply brackets and braces
Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure heavy, unstable, or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
Rearrange household items
Avoid placing remote controls or toys in places where children might be tempted to climb up to get them. Additionally, store heavy objects on the lower shelves, or inside lower drawers to help prevent furniture tip-overs.
Install safety features
Install stops on dressers to keep drawers from being pulled open all the way.