Historically, approximately five children are killed each year as a result of tip-over accidents involving televisions or large furniture and appliances in the home, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In most recent years, the incidence of these events has been significanlty higher than normal — since 2000, 100 such fatalities have been reported. If you or someone in your family acquired a new television or large household item this holiday season, or if you simply have large furniture items that you’ve never stabilized or secured, please take time to familiarize yourself with the following safety tips regarding potentially dangerous household items:
- “Verify that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor to the floor or attach to the wall all entertainment units, TV stands, bookcases, shelving and bureaus to the wall using appropriate hardware, such as brackets, screws, or toggles.
- Place televisions on sturdy furniture appropriate for the size of the TV or on a low-rise base.
- Push the TV as far back as possible from the front of its stand.
- Place electrical cords out of a child’s reach, and teach children not to play with the cords.
- Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.”Also keep in mind that many industry standards require that TV stands, chests, bureaus and dressers pass a stability test. If a piece of furniture violates these standards, the product can be subject to a safety recall.
Previously on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:
- The dangers associated with stove / oven tip-overs
- CPSC’s “Top 5” hidden home hazards
- Tips for preventing falls and head injuries at home
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