Prevent A Tragedy – Securing Furniture To A Wall!

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Prevent A Tragedy - Securing Furniture To A Wall!

On either side of my eldest daughter’s bed are bookshelves, and they are connected together in the middle with another shelf.  When we purchased the furniture a few years ago, we were told to secure it all to the wall.  As with many things in our lives, if they aren’t done right away, it gets pushed off. With 3 little kids, none of whom were climbing on anything, securing furniture was not on the top of our list – though with everything I’ve learned lately, it should have been our NUMBER 1 PRIORITY!  Just the thought of the tragedies that could have happened from unsecured furniture scares me.

Now, 3 years later, I have a son who likes to climb, and of course all 3 of my kids like to jump on the bed.  One day, I walked in the room and the unit over my daughter’s bed was shaking from their jumping.  That was frightening beyond belief.  The idea of the entire unit toppling over and landing on somebody makes me ill, especially since it’s completely preventable.  Every few months I go through and make a list of all the things that need to get taken care of around the house, and this last time, on the top of the list, was securing furniture to the walls.  I bought straps to secure all of our freestanding bookcases and dressers, as well as our flat screen TV in the family room.   Now, that may seem a little overboard, because dressers and other items seem heavy, but you just never know what can happen.  For a few dollars I can have complete peace of mind that if one of my kids, or their friends, tries something stupid (like climbing the shelving unit), it’s not going to tip and crush anyone.

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Several companies make the straps to connect furniture to the wall.  Most of the companies that make products for baby proofing make them, but I decided to use ones that were designed for homes in earthquake zones.  After reading a lot of reviews on several different brands, I ordered the Quakehold! Furniture Strap Kits for all of our furniture (they come in a bunch of different colors), and the Quakehold! Flat Screen TV Safety Strap (these come in a variety of sizes depending on how big your TV is) for our flat screen TV in our family room.  This morning was spent securing furniture to the wall!  The straps were quick and easy to install, one side has an extremely super sticky backing that attaches to the furniture, and the other side screws into the stud in your wall.  After installing them, I pulled on the shelving units as hard as I could – they weren’t going anywhere!  So far we’ve secured the furniture in our kids’ bedrooms.  The TV will be done this afternoon, and then we will tackle the few other pieces of freestanding furniture.

If you’re furniture isn’t secure, you’ll want to read this article from the Consumer Product Safety Commission – it contains a lot of good reasons (they were the ones that convinced me not to wait) to spend a few dollars and secure your furniture.  This is important in any home that has children living or visiting.  It only takes a few seconds for a tragic accident to happen.

Watch how quickly and easily a piece of furniture can tip in this simulation (the video is also from the Consumer Product Safety Commission)!  You will only need to watch a few seconds to understand.

To help prevent tip-over tragedies, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following safety measures in homes where children live or visit:

  • Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor.
  • Place TVs on sturdy, low bases, or anchor the furniture and the TV on top the base, and push the TV as far back on the furniture as possible.
  • Keep remote controls, toys, and other items that might attract children off of TV stands or furniture.
  • Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
  • Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
  • Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.

Do you know someone with children who doesn’t have their furniture secure?  Make sure you share this important information with them!  Together, hopefully we can prevent another terrible accident.

 

15 Responses to Prevent A Tragedy – Securing Furniture To A Wall!

  1. Great tips and this is so true!

  2. Debbie Denny says:

    OMG. that is something I never thought much about. A very good idea.

  3. Amberm says:

    This has always been a concern of mine! I think more and more people need to get info out on it! I have heard many stories about kids getting killed from furniture tipping over and it scares the crap out of me!
    Great post!

  4. This is one of those things I kind of put off, too. My son is now 3 and has started climbing his dresser. Thank you for the reminder to secure it… and anything else he might climb!

  5. Debbie says:

    WOW …. I never thought about this issue. Sharing with my daughter! Scarey!

  6. Erin S. says:

    You know, I had never really thought of this! And I have 9 kiddos! This is really a great idea. I know my kids are climbers, but thankfully have never climbed anything that fell over on top of them.

  7. My husband has always been very good about securing our furniture. When my son was in Kindergarten, a boy in his class had a severely large scar on his head from where a t.v. fell out of an entertainment center on top of him. He spent many weeks in the Children’s hospital. Thanks for sharing this, hope that lots of people see it!

  8. I follow a child safety expert on Facebook, and every so often, she links to a story about a child being killed by a falling tv, dresser, etc. This was just becoming something I was more aware of as my kids were a little older, so thankfully nothing like this happened to them. I DO make a point to share this information though. This is a great topic to blog about.

  9. Michelle F. says:

    I have been thinking of doing that to our dresses now that my toddler discovered climbing.

  10. This really applies in everyday living! It’s very important to stay safe while beautifying our homes

  11. Liz Mays says:

    I feel blessed that nothing ever happened with my kids because I didn’t think to secure anything. It’s SO important though!!!

  12. jan rose says:

    I couldn’t imagine anything like this ever happening. My husband has always screwed stuff to the walls!

  13. Tiffany says:

    This is something that cost a few bucks and can save a life. I honestly heard about a mama who lost her little girl this way and it broke my heart. Thank you for sharing this as I truly believe it is something so small that can have such a huge impact.

  14. We had friends in VA who lost their 5 year old by him pulling the TV on him – so sad!

  15. Great thinking behind this innovative product… Feel safe at home when my kid is around some furniture We have one of these.. We use this for a bookcase in our playroom. My daughter always try to climb the shelf to get another toy or book and this us very nervous that the bookcase may tip over. So now we use this product to strap the bookcase to the wall .

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