CPSC estimates that in 2006 alone, 16,300 children under age 5 were treated in emergency rooms due to injuries associated with TV, furniture, and appliance tip-overs. Between 2001 and 2006, CPSC received reports of 134 tip-over related deaths, and is aware of at least 30 media reports of tip-over deaths since 2007. A new national study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found a 40% increase in the number of injuries from furniture tip-overs during 1990-2007.
To help prevent tip-over hazards, CPSC suggests that furniture should be stable on its own, and anchored to the floor or wall for additional security. TVs should be placed only on sturdy, low-rise bases and pushed as far back as possible. All electrical cords should be placed out of a child’s reach, and kids should be taught not to play with them. Finally, free-standing ranges and stoves should be installed with anti-tip brackets.
For comprehensive information on furniture tip-over safety, visit the Katie Elise Lambert Foundation.