CPSC: Tip-over deaths increasing

December 18, 2012

Washington – From 2000 to 2011, tip-overs of TVs, furniture or other appliances killed 349 people – 84 percent of whom were children, according to a new Consumer Product Safety Commission report (.pdf file). 2011 marked the highest one-year total during that time (41), up from 31 in 2010 and 27 in 2009.

To help prevent tip-overs, CPSC recommends anchoring furniture to the wall or floor; placing TVs on sturdy, low bases; and keeping remote controls and toys off TV stands and furniture.