The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers a brochure to those wishing to learn more about childproofing their home.
The brochure is available online at http://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/113138/252.pdf.
The CPSC recommends specifically in the brochure the use of 12 relatively inexpensive safety devices to help reduce injuries and fatalities to children in the home.
One of the recommendations is for the use of anchors to avoid furniture and appliance tip-overs.
The recommendation is based on the results of a November CPSC report titled, “Product Instability or Tip-Over Injuries and Fatalities Associated with Televisions, Furniture, and Appliances.”
The report estimates an annual average of 43,200 emergency department-treated injuries (2009–11) and 349 reported fatalities occurring between 2000 and 2011, as a result of product instability or tip-over.
Of the injuries, 25,400 (59 percent) involved children, under age 18 years.
Of the reported fatalities, 294 (84 percent) involved children, victim ages 1 month to 8 years.
According to the agency, televisions and furniture toppling represent the biggest risk, especially for children.
For example, of the 349 reported fatalities, 62 percent involved televisions falling, 36 percent only TV, 26 percent TV plus furniture. Of the fatalities involving televisions, 96 percent were children; 1 percent were adults; and 3 percent were seniors.”
The full CPSC report can be read online at http://cpsc.gov/PageFiles/135118/tipover2012.pdf.