What child safety hazards are parents missing? Many parents fail to anchor furniture and large appliances, resulting in infant and toddler injuries — and sometimes even death. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that, between the years 2000 and 2011, falling or toppling furniture claimed the lives of 349 Americans. Eighty-four percent were under age 9, the CPSC adds. Here are some ways to prevent the worst from happening:
Anchor TVs Using Inexpensive Cable Ties
Fasten furniture and televisions to walls using low-cost products. Cable ties, for example, are cheap and will bear the weight of dressers and televisions to reliably secure them onto the wall. A wide variety of manufacturers offer easy-to-use kits containing brackets and straps (often cable ties) to prevent furniture from tipping over. The CPSC also recommends putting televisions as far back on TV stands as possible. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum adds, “We know that low-cost anchoring devices are effective in preventing tip-over incidents. I urge parents to anchor their TVs, furniture and appliances and protect their children. It takes just a few minutes to do and it can save lives.”
Always keep items that may appeal to children, such as remotes and toys, off dressers and television stands. Do not give your child reasons to reach up onto or climb heavy furnishings. Finally, Safe Kids Worldwide recommends, “Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to fall.”
Keep Electrical Cords Out of Reach
Infants, toddlers, and children will tug and pull on electrical cords. This can cause heavy appliances to fall on top of young children. Keep electrical cords out of sight using desk grommets. Rubber grommets directs cables inside desks, away from walls, edges, and kids’ reach.
Tip over injuries are much more common than parents realize. Do not let your child suffer severe injuries from falling dressers or TVs. Secure televisions and dressers using brackets and cable ties. Keep electrical cords off the floor, where kids are likely to play with them or pull on them.
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