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How can I prevent furniture tip-overs?

Whether caring for your own children or looking after the children of friends and loved ones, Colorado families must make child-safety an ongoing concern. This is especially true when it comes to furniture tip-overs. Furniture such as dressers, entertainment centers and even TVs themselves can prove extremely hazardous when not secured correctly. Accidents involving furniture tip-overs are unfortunately common in many homes, and in some circumstances they can be deadly.  

As illustrated by HealthyChildren.org, parents and guardians should take every precaution to stop furniture tip-overs from occurring. When it comes to pieces that are especially heavy or dangerous (such as mirrors, which can shatter upon impact), these items must be secured to the adjacent wall using the right hardware. In many cases, dry-wall screws affixed to interior wall supports (also known as studs) are the best method for keeping furniture from falling over.

In terms of highly popular wall-mounted TVs, using a sturdy mounting kit for the model in question is crucial. There is usually a difference between kits suited to older TVs and those intended for newer models, so be sure to do your research before buying. TVs that are situated on entertainment stands can also be secured by drilling screws through the TV base into the furniture itself.

Recent statistics illustrate the significant risk falling furniture poses. For instance, 64 percent of children injured by toppled TVs were under the age of five. Of these types of injuries, the neck and head were the most vulnerable areas of the body (making up 63 percent of injuries), while lacerations were also common (composing 37 percent of total injuries). While you may think larger TVs pose a bigger risk, this isn’t always the case. When TV size was recorded after tip-overs, it was determined that TVs less than 26 inches were responsible for 69 percent of subsequent injuries.

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