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Anchoring furniture prevents tip-over incidents
Nearly 40 kids a day are injured as a result of a TV or furniture tip-over incident. Properly securing furniture can help reduce the number of these types of incidents. That’s why the Consumer Product Safety Commission launched the Anchor It! Campaign. Its call to action is to education parents and caregivers about the dangers of furniture tip-over incidents and to urge action to prevent these tragedies.
What is a tip-over incident?
A furniture tip-over can occur anytime something large and heavy becomes unbalanced. When kids are young and active, they tend to look for new places to explore. That sometimes includes climbing dressers or bookshelves, or reaching for things in high-up places that causes furniture to tip-over.
What types of furniture tip-over?
Large and heavy pieces of furniture can tip over when a child climbs or pulls on it, such as:
• TV stands
Why should people be concerned about tip-over incidents?
- Nearly 40 kids a day are injured by a tip-over incident.
- On average, 2 to 3 kids die each month from a tip-over incident.
Where do tip-over incidents occur?
• Approximately 9 out of 10 furniture tip-over deaths occur in the home.
• The most important room to safeguard is the bedroom; almost half of all tip-over deaths occur in a bedroom.
Who is affected by tip-over incidents?
• Most tip-over deaths involve children ages 1 to 4.
What can parents and caregivers do to prevent tip-over incidents?
• Take five minutes to save your kid’s life – visit How To Anchor It to learn how easy and inexpensive it is to anchor your furniture and TVs.
91 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in the home.
2/3 of TV and furniture tip-over fatalities involve toddlers.
51 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in a bedroom.
A TV can fall with the force of thousands of pounds. That is 10 times more powerful than being hit by a NFL lineman.
The majority of tip-over incidents result in head injuries.
REAL MOMS URGE PARENTS TO ANCHOR IT
Three moms share their personal furniture and TV tip-over tragedies in hopes that other children might be saved. Anchor It! and save a child.
REAL MOMS URGE PARENTS TO ANCHOR IT! – SHANE
“A lot of people use the excuse, ‘I watch my children, so I don’t have to anchor my furniture.’ I will tell you, you are not faster than a falling TV or a falling dresser.” – Lisa Siefert, Shane’s Foundation
REAL MOMS URGE PARENTS TO ANCHOR IT! – CHANCE
“Don’t take a chance on this ever happening to you. No parent should ever have to go through this.” – Keisha Bowles, Another Day Another “Chance”
REAL MOMS URGE PARENTS TO ANCHOR IT! – MEGHAN
“Please don’t think that this can’t happen to you… This is something that, literally, $5 and 15 minutes could have prevented.” – Kimberly Amato, Meghan’s Hope
TV/FURNITURE TIP-OVER TRAGEDIES
Unanchored furniture and TVs can present a serious risk of injury. See why.
David recounts the night his family had a near miss tragedy.
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