When KidCo contacted me asking that I share how important properly secure televisions and dressers against fall is to toddler safety my first thought was, of course! That is such an important message. Then I realized **I** have a television on top of a dresser in my bedroom and neither of them are secured. Que forehead slap and mommy guilt.
Toddlers have an abundance of curiosity and a significant lack of understanding of physics and gravity. Most of the time this just means scraped knees and bumped heads. But when heavy furniture, like televisions, dressers, or bookshelves, and toddlers mix, the results can be disastrous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 169 children 8 and younger died between 2000 and 2010 from falling TVs. Add in furniture and appliances and that number rises to 245. More than 22,000 children were treated for tip-over injuries each year from 2008 to 2010.
Reduce Your Family’s Risk
- Make sure you use a stand designed for the size and shape of your television.
- Mount televisions to the wall properly. (I’m thinking professionals are not a bad idea.)
- Don’t put toys or other interesting objects on top of the TV or dressers where children are tempted to climb to reach them.
- Secure heavy furniture to the wall with safety straps like KidCo’s Furniture Strap or KidCo’s TV Straps.
This is certainly a reminder I could use, especially since I’m the only Shopping Mama who doesn’t already have all her furniture secured. (I guess that’s a good thing, but does continue with the mommy guilt. Guess what’s on the top of my project list for this weekend!)
Thanks to KidCo for the safety reminder and a sample of safety straps.