• In the United States, 469 children died from furniture, TV, and appliance tip-over incidents between 2000 and 2019.
• Between 2017 and 2019, an estimated 11,300 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms yearly due to furniture, TV, and appliance tip-overs.
• 91% of reported tip-over fatalities occurred inside a home.
• Between 2000 and 2019, 77% of all furniture, TV, and appliance tip-over fatalities involved children under 6 years old.
• Between 2000 and 2019, 89% of tip-over-related-fatalities among minors (under 18) involved children under 5 years old.
• Of all fatalities involving children, 50% occurred in bedrooms.
• Of child fatalities from falling furniture and a TV together, or a TV alone, 75% involved a TV.
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.
Large and heavy pieces of furniture can tip over when a child climbs or pulls on it, such as:
• TV stands
Even when you’re watching, you’re not faster than a falling dresser or TV. Anchor your furniture and TVs – it could save your child’s life.
• 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.
• Most tip-over deaths involve children ages 1 to 4.
• 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.
More than ¾ of all tip-over fatalities involved children under six.
50 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in a bedroom.
The majority of tip-over incidents result in head injuries.
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