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TV and Furniture Tip-Overs

Home safety

Every three weeks, a child dies from a TV tipping over. Nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S.

Top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can be unsteady, and if pulled or climbed on, they can tip over and seriously injure young children. These injuries can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Much like childproofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are important steps to keeping your family safe.

Tip sheet: TV and furniture tip-overs
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TV safety check

  • Assess the stability of the TV's in your home.
  • Secure TVs
  • Mount flat screen TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TVs toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure you protect your wall and have a secure fit.
  • If you have a large, heavy cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture

Secure furniture

  • Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
  • Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to fall.

Rearrange household items

  • Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
  • Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.