Furniture safety is important for kids of all ages, especially for those under the age of 10. Your babies will hold on to furniture to learn to walk. Your toddlers will try to climb and the weight can bring even seemingly stable heavy furniture crashing down.
Try the “tip test”:
- Open your dresser drawers so they form a ladder.
- Now put some weight on the bottom drawer.
- Notice the shift in weight? Even if you don’t, that does not mean the piece is tip-proof.
He opened the top two drawers of his dresser, which had a TV on it, turned his head for a split second and the dresser and TV began to fall on him. Oh and by the way he was 25 years old when that happened!
Prevent Tip-Over Hazards:
- Anchor all pieces of freestanding furniture, dressers, bookcases, entertainment centers, large appliances, TVs and other top heavy furniture to the wall. There are many easy-to-install options to make your furniture more stable, some as low as $3.50 per strap.
- Place TVs on furniture that is sturdy and appropriate for its size. The furniture should be stable on its own, and anchored to the floor or wall using brackets, screws or straps for additional security.
- TVs should be placed only on sturdy, low-rise bases and pushed as far back as possible.
- While we know it’s hard to do this, keep items that might be attractive to children, (toys and remote controls) away from the top of the TV or TV stand so kids aren’t tempted to use the drawers to climb, which may cause the furniture or TV to topple.
- Keep all electrical cords out of your child’s reach and teach your kids not to play with them.