What does it mean to prioritize safety when choosing furnishings for your child’s bedroom? Well, for starters, it entails anchoring furniture to prevent the possibility of tipping. How dangerous is furniture tipping, and how can it be avoided? The solutions might surprise you.
How Common Are Injuries & Deaths Caused by Furniture Tipping?
Two children die in the United States each month as a result of tip-over accidents, according to data from the Tip-Over Information Center of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Over 4,000 people are hurt each month as a result of tip-over accidents. Securing bedroom furniture is crucial, since it accounts for 45% of the fatalities which are caused by tipping. Crushing the victim accounts for 60% of tipping-related fatalities; further trapping that inhibits breathing accounts for another 18% of fatalities. Although these statistics speak for themselves, hearing from real parents whose children have suffered injuries as a result of falls might be even more convincing.
How Can Tipping-Related Injuries Be Prevented?
You may take a few quick, low-cost precautions to shield your children from tipping-related risks in addition to teaching them about furniture safety. First, make sure your youngster is aware of the dangers of climbing onto furniture. The 3-5 year old age range poses the greatest risk; therefore, you should exercise extra caution with children especially within that age range. Teach them to just open one drawer at a time; be sure to remove temptations by keeping appealing goods in places that are not within easy reach in areas where your child might find themselves alone at times and without adult supervision.
Watching a video like this one with someone who likes to climb may be beneficial for them in addition to offering safe climbing possibilities. Even if instructions and warnings may be crucial, you also want to lessen the risks associated with children who do not follow parental instructions. An easy approach to achieve this is to use brackets or anti-tip devices attached to the furniture and drilled into the wall studs to secure the furniture to the wall.
What Sort of Furniture Requires Securing?
You can be particularly susceptible to a common myth, which is described as Myth #5 in this article, when you buy high-quality children’s bedroom furniture from a reputable store: “We bought a safe solid dresser and bookshelf from a terrific furniture company.” In actuality, any piece of furniture – including, but not limited to, tall or short bookshelves, short & wide dressers with drawers, tall chests or dressers, and any piece of furniture with shelves, drawers, or doors – can constitute a safety concern.
Anti-tipping kits are included in the expert white-glove, full-service furniture delivery offered for your furniture by The Bedroom Source for any pieces of furniture that may become unsteady when multiple doors and drawers are open. These kits are free of charge and available upon request. Additionally, they may be placed in a matter of minutes without the use of specific equipment or expertise. Let’s work together to help save lives!
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The Bedroom Source
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