Furniture tip-overs can kill, physicians warn
Washington –The American College of Emergency Physicians is reminding parents and caretakers of the dangers of furniture tip-overs.
Every year from 2009 to 2011, about 43,000 people were treated in emergency departments as a result of objects – such as TVs, dressers and file cabinets – tipping over, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Sixty percent of those visits involved children. During that time period, 294 children died.
ACEP offers the following tips:
- Secure furniture – especially pieces that have shelves, drawers and doors – to walls. Remove top-heavy furniture that cannot be secured.
- Secure computer monitors.
- Store TVs, computer equipment and other heavy commonly used objects close to the ground.
- Do not put objects on top of TVs.
- Secure or remove artwork that could fall.
- Secure appliances, such as refrigerators, ovens and microwaves.
- Install safety gates to keep young children out of rooms that have greater risks.
“Telling a child not to touch or climb on something is not enough,” ACEP President Alex Rosenau said in a press release. “You must take the first steps to prevent tragedy from happening in your home – by childproofing each room they are in.”