The Consumer Product Safety Commission wants people to remember that those shiny new Christmas gifts you got could be a hazard for young children.
“About 14,000 kids are injured every year from furniture and TV tip-overs. And two to three kids die every month,” Patty Davis with the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
Kids are curious about new things and love to climb and if their new toys are stored up high that can be a hazard because of the risk heavy items can tip over onto young kids.
“This is an anchoring device right here, you can get one at a hardware store or home improvement. You can get one online. You put one end into the furniture, the other end into the wall, and it prevents that furniture from tipping over,” Davis said.
In addition to the anchoring devices, you can also purchase brackets for shelves and bookcases or mount a TV to the wall which makes it much safer.
“If your TV can’t be mounted to the wall, connect your television and anchor that to the piece of furniture and then anchor the furniture to the wall,” Davis explained.
CPSC says it’s easy for people to forget about anchoring furniture and securing furniture may not be something new parents and grandparents have thought about in the past. But the process takes only minutes.
As Davis put it “Take five to save lives”.
For more safety tips visit the cpsc.gov.