October 13th, 2008 by Peggy Farabaugh
I was reading in the Washington Post last week that the "Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC released data showing that between
2000 and 2006 there have been 180 deaths
involving heavy furniture such as dressers, armoires, and televisions falling
and crushing people. Eighty percent of the deaths involved children younger than
10. Last Saturday, a nine-month old in Arizona died
after a television fell and crushed her." How tragic. My kids have grown to be taller than our furniture now, but I must admit that when they were toddlers, I never even thought about the dangers that tall furniture can pose to, say a child who might be trying to climb to the top of a dresser by using the drawers as steps. The article made me do some research into the possibility of offering tip-over restraints with all of our tall furniture, even though our designs are considered "inherently stable". Tip-over restraints are nylon straps that are attached to the back of furniture. You screw the other end of the strap into the wall. We already supply them on file cabinets, but now we're offering them with any of our tall furniture pieces, such as dressers, chests, armoires, chifforobes, china cabinets, entertainment centers and so forth. If you have toddlers or know someone else who does, it's worth a stroll through each room in the house to consider the hazards that furniture may pose. Tip-over restraints, properly installed could save your child's life. Vermont Woods Studios.