Children like to climb. On parents. On purpose built play structures. On furniture. For kids, your home is a playground. As you look at your home with an eye to childproof it, you may not be aware that unsecured TVs, furniture and appliances are “hidden in plain sight” hazards lurking in every room.
Think like a kid
Put yourself in the mindset of a young child, and look at each room from the perspective of what may inspire them to climb or pull something down in a dangerous way.
Use sturdy furniture
Televisions should only be set on heavy stable furniture designed to hold a television, such as a television stand or media center.
Secure your TV
Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall. Many televisions come with brackets or straps for this purpose. Don’t shortcut this important safety feature. If your television does not have a safety bracket or strap, t is not hard to make, or have a handyman make and install one for you
Mount Flat-Screen TVS
Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to heavy stable furniture to prevent them from toppling over.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure TVs and furniture properly.
Low and Stable – CRT (older “Cathode Ray Tube”) TV
CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a deep and heavy CRT television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.
Secure top-heavy furniture
Many children quickly learn that they can pull drawers out of bureaus and use them as “steps” to climb up the front of a piece of tall furniture. Strongly discourage this activity. Existing furniture can be anchored to walls with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, is often sold with anti-tip devices. Don’t delay; install them right away.
Remove tempting objects
Don’t place items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys, remote controls and dessert foods, on the top of the TV and furniture.
Be alert in other people’s homes
Most people routinely bring their young children to other people’s homes; grandparents, relatives, friends. Be sure to scan any room you will leave your child in, especially unsupervised, and look for the same type of risks that you would look for in your own home. Mitigate obvious risks. Don’t leave your children to run around alone in these potentially unsafe environments.