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Protect kids from a furniture tip over

A few easy steps can prevent potentially fatal accidents and keep your kids safer at home.

When curious children climb on furniture or appliances there is the potential for a tumble. These accidents could lead to serious injury and even death. The good news is there are ways to mitigate the risk by realizing where they are and using wall anchors or brackets in many cases.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that from 2016 to 2018 there were an estimated annual 12,500 emergency department tip over related visits for children under 18. Between 2000 and 2018 there were 459 reported fatalities for children 1 month to 14 years.

When do tip over accidents occur?

Accidents happen when furniture or appliances are climbed on. They may also occur when items such as televisions or electronics are accidentally hit or pulled down. Playing near items and tripping or pulling on cords also provides another potential for tip over accidents.

What furniture needs to be anchored?

Most accidents are seen with these furniture items or appliances.

  • Chest, bureaus and dresser
  • Stove
  • Television
  • Tables

How can tip over accidents be prevented?

  • Mount or anchor televisions to wall or furniture.
  • Only place televisions on sturdy furniture designed to hold it.
  • Don't place tempting items such as candy, toys or remotes on top of large furniture or high shelves.
  • Use wall brackets or anchors for heavy and tall items.
  • Tuck cords away to prevent children from tripping or pulling electronics down.
  • Check your stoves stability and add brackets as a precaution.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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