WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) — That new TV, piece of furniture, or appliance you’re looking to snag on Black Friday or Cyber Monday could bring unexpected dangers to your home.
So don’t forget to buy a kit to anchor it to the wall and keep it from tipping over and injuring young children, recommends the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
“With the holiday shopping season approaching, anchoring your new TV or cabinet to the wall is essential to help prevent tip-over incidents,” said CPSC President Alex Hoehn-Saric.
“Even if a TV or piece of furniture comes without an anti-tip kit, you can order them online or buy them at your local hardware store for $20 or less,” he noted in a press release from the commission. .
Since 2000, 581 deaths caused by knock-overs of furniture, televisions or household appliances have occurred in the United States. Of these, 472 concerned children.
Just last month, the CPSC approved a mandatory safety standard for dressers, chests and other garment storage units. This ensures they meet new minimum stability requirements designed to prevent furniture from tipping over.
Until more stable furniture hits the market, the CPSC said consumers should ground their furniture.
You can repair a wall after removing a furniture anchor if you’re redecorating or moving, the commission noted.
If anchoring is not an option, it is recommended to place TVs on a solid, low base and push them back as far as possible.
Avoid displaying or storing items, such as toys and remote controls, in places where children might be tempted to climb to reach them, the CPSC recommended.
Finally, consider recycling old TVs you don’t use, the commission advised.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says more about safely anchoring furniture.
SOURCE: US Consumer Product Safety Commission, press release, November 16, 2022