Anchor It and Protect a Child
More valuable tips from our Baby Proofing specialist, Bill Brooner.
On average, one child dies every 2 weeks when a TV, piece of furniture, or an appliance falls on him, according to reports by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) between 2000 and 2010. In addition, CPSC estimates that more than 22,000 children 8 yrs old and younger were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries resulting from tip-over incident between 2000 and 2010.
The most common tip-over scenario involves toddlers who climbed onto, fallen against, or pulled themselves up on furniture. About 70% of children fatalities involved falling TVs, and 27% involved only furniture falling. Often these pieces of furniture have drawers that children can use to time. To prevent tragedies, we recommend:
- Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor
- Place TVs on sturdy, low bases, strapped to the base
- For Flat Screen TVs, if not mounted on a wall, use either safety straps that help prevent
the TV from tipping over, or use the Pro Grade Flat Screen TV Lock that secures the TV to the wall and prevents the set from moving forward or backward (but allows pivots left and right for the prefect viewing angle).
- Keep remote controls, toys and other items tat might be attractive to children off TV stands or furniture.
- Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
Sliding Safety Plate Automatic Outlet Covers are an attractive and convenient way to help protect children from potentially dangerous electrical outlets. Protects instantly and automatically, sliding into position the moment you remove a plug from the outlet, as the special cover snaps shut to protect little fingers from the outlet. Thermal seal insulation helps make your home more energy-efficient.
When I met with Bill I realized quickly that it’s far more than selling products. Bill Brooner’s company offers on-going education and consultation with child safety tips. They work with you during your child-proofing assessment to determine which child proofing products and safety precautions are most important for you. They identify potential dangers and hazards with recommended solutions based on your home and living situation. Often their education efforts provide simple, do-it-yourself solutions that do not always involve a product or require professional installation. Look next week for our next post covering window and door safety tips for babies and pets.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!