5 Tips to Prevent Tip-Overs
Ah, the joys of a baby who can finally pull herself up to stand! This milestone opens up a new vertical world for her—and a world of potential accidents for you. Get tips on childproofing here.
Monkey-like toddlers aren’t necessarily thinking about what’s stable and what’s not when climbing to get something just
out of reach. To prevent tipping accidents, be sure to anchor large pieces of furniture to the floor or wall—from chests, bookcases, and dressers to TVs and entertainment units. Anchors are available at most home improvement stores.
When it comes to tipping accidents, the TV is a major culprit. “The TV accounts for about half of all furniture tip-overs,” says Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention in Columbus, Ohio. Place the TV on a sturdy, low-rise base and push the TV back as far as possible. Smith recommends anchoring every TV to the wall. If your budget allows, get a flat screen and mount it well out of arm’s reach.
Sometimes the problem isn’t the TV itself, but what’s attached to it—the cords. A forceful tug or two could mean danger, whether the unit is sitting atop furniture or flimsily attached to a wall. Place electrical cords out of reach. Consider snaking cords behind sheetrock (especially for flat screen TVs), or invest in cord covers—plastic tubing that bundles and encases cords. And teach kids not to play with electrical cords, ever.
Anyone with a baby knows that remote controls are irresistible. All those buttons!
Help your little one stay safe by storing remote controls and other desirable objects away from the TV stand so he or she isn’t tempted to climb for it. And keep items out of Baby’s hands by placing them completely out of sight, rather than simply out of reach.
Around the House
“There’s not one room in a house that’s more dangerous than others,” says Smith, “it depends on where the heavy furniture is located.” Be sure that any standalone appliances—such as stoves or ranges—are outfitted with anti-tip brackets. And keep in mind the remote control guidelines as you consider each room: What is most desirable there, and how should you consider storing it so that your child won’t scale furniture to get it?
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