Incomprehensible LossFriday, March 30, 2012
Many of these incidents were caused by televisions. The introduction of flat-screen televisions hopefully will decrease the frequency and severity of television tipping incidents mainly because they are lighter in weight and often mounted on the wall. However, the old television is often relocated to another room (the children's room) and placed on a piece of furniture that is usually not strong/stable enough for it. So, the danger is just moved to another room, not removed from the home.
Also, these are the numbers that were reported. How many go unreported and why? For example, Nick's cause of death was asphyxiation but it is unknown if it was reported as a furniture-related death.
- Place televisions as low to the ground as possible, and to the back of the piece of furniture they are on.
- Secure televisions and furniture (bookcases, dressers, etc.) to the wall studs with safety straps or L-brackets.
- Use furniture with wide legs and solid bases.
- Install drawer stops/safety latches on all drawers and place heavy items in the bottom drawers/on the bottom shelves.
- Reduce the children's impulse to climb by not having toys, shiny objects, food or the remote control on top of furniture or the television.