Tip-Over Information Center

Get on top of it before they do!

CPSC recently launched “Anchor It!” – a national public education campaign to prevent furniture and TV tip-overs from killing and seriously injuring children. This is one of the top hidden hazards in the home, and CPSC’s new safety campaign is aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries from tipping furniture and TVs.


 

Anchor and Protect!

These three words are key to childproofing your furniture and TVs.

 

Children like to climb on furniture. For them, the home is a playground. As you childproof, you may not be aware that unsecured TVs, furniture and appliances are hidden hazards lurking in every room.

 

To prevent a tip-over tragedy:

 

USE STURDY FURNITURE

Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers.

SECURE YOUR TV

Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall.

MOUNT FLAT-SCREEN TVS

Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure TVs and furniture properly.

LOW AND STABLE – CRT TV

CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.

SECURE TOP-HEAVY FURNITURE

Existing furniture can be anchored with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, are sold with anti-tip devices. Install them right away.

REMOVE TEMPTING OBJECTS

Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.