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Why Anchor It

Even When You’re Watching

Anchoring furniture and TVs prevents tip-over incidents

• 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.

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:
• Dressers
• Bookshelves
• TVs
• TV stands

Why should people be concerned about tip-over incidents?

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.

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.

Facts and Figures

91%

91 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in the home.

75%

More than ¾ of all tip-over fatalities involved children under six.

50%

50 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in a bedroom.

majority

The majority of tip-over incidents result in head injuries.

Anchor It! Videos

Additional Videos and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) can be found at the Anchor It! materials page: https://www.anchorit.gov/materials/

EVEN WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING PSA
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.

The threat is serious, but the solution is simple. Find out how to take the knowledge you’ve gained to empower your community to keep kids safe.

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