Across 19 countries and in five languages, the safety message is the same: AnchorIt! to prevent tip overs. Between November 6 and 10, 2017, CPSC and product safety agencies from around the world will promote global awareness of TV and furniture tip-over hazards.
In the United States, more than 30,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year, due a TV or furniture tip-over incident. About one child dies every 2 weeks.
Young children, ages 1 to 3, are curious! They attempt to exert their independence by dressing themselves and climbing on furniture to reach for a favorite toy or other item. While this curiosity is a natural part of development, it also puts young children at risk of being injured or killed in tip-over incidents.
To protect against tip-over danger as child development progresses, CPSC urges three simple steps:
Anchor top-heavy furniture, such as dressers, armoires and bookshelves.
Secure TVs to the base or wall.
Check for, and act on recalls of products that present tip-over hazards.
Join the international conversation on tip-over prevention by following the hashtags above. Together, we can raise awareness and end deadly tip-over incidents.