Childrens Services Council - Child Safety


TV/Furniture Tipovers

As flat screens become more affordable, families are moving their older, heavier TVs out of the living room to bedrooms and other rooms. Those TVs end up on dressers and stands not designed to hold them.

That can be dangerous. A small child attempting to climb a dresser is no match for a falling television. A 36-inch television falling three feet creates the same momentum as a 1-year-old child falling 10 stories.

The number of deaths in the United States resulting from televisions and other furniture tipping over hit an all-time high in 2011. Forty-one people, many of them children, died in tip-over incidents. The majority of those deaths involved televisions.

Click here for safety tips about TV and furniture tip-overs courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide.

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