The Consumer Product Safety Commission wants people to remember that those shiny new Christmas gifts you got could be a hazard for young children.
The agency has tips to help prevent injuries from falling furniture.
With Christmas behind us, your house is probably full of new gadgets, TVs and furniture.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns heavy furniture can be a hidden and deadly hazard.
“About 14,000 kids are injured every year from furniture and TV tip-overs. And two to three kids die every month,” said Patty Davis of the commission.
Kids are curious about new things and love to climb. And if their new toys are stored up high, that can be a hazard too because of the risk heavy items can tip over onto young kids.
Davis recommended getting an anchoring device to put on the furniture and connect to the wall to prevent the furniture from tipping over.
In addition to the anchoring devices, you can also purchase brackets for shelves and bookcases or mount a TV to the wall like which makes it much safer.
“If your tv can’t be mounted to the wall, connect your television and anchor that to the piece of furniture and then anchor the furniture to the wall,” Davis said.
The commission said it’s easy for people to forget about anchoring furniture
While securing furniture may not be something new parents and grandparents have thought about in the past, the process takes only minutes.