SAFETY NEWS FROM THE....... U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20207 www.cpsc.gov
Remember...to report an unsafe consumer product or a product-related injury, consumers may call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772. A teletypewriter for hearing impaired is available at 1-800-638-8270; the Maryland TTY number is 1-800-492-8104.
HIDDEN HAZARD IN THE HOME: FURNITURE CAN TIP OVER ON CHILDREN According to reports received from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 1982 to 1986 several deaths and thousands of injuries occurred to children when furniture tipped over. These injuries and deaths occurred when children fell against, climbed onto, or sat on furniture. They also occurred when children tried to move furniture or open or close drawers or doors. Young children tried to pull themselves up or climb on chests of drawers, TV carts, stands, or tables, or bookcase shelves. Chests of drawers tip-overs were associated with an estimated 2,000 hospital emergency room-treated injuries per year from 1982 through 1986. Six children under 5 years of age died when these chests tipped over on them.
TV tip-overs were associated with an estimated 2,300 hospital emergency room-treated injuries per year from 1982 through 1986. Four children under 5 years of age died when TV's fell on them. CPSC estimates that 400 of the injuries occurred when the TV was located on a cart, stand, or table. Bookcase tip-overs were associated with approximately 580 hospital emergency room-treated injuries annually from 1982 through 1986. One child under 5 years of age died when a bookcase tipped over.
WARNING!! Young children can be killed when furniture tips over. Place TV's on lower furniture, as far back as possible. Use angle-braces or anchors to secure furniture to wall.