Dangerous Furniture: Overview

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 8,000 to 10,000 victims are treated annually in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with the tip-over of furniture. CPSC also receives reports of about 6 deaths each year. The majority of these injuries and deaths involve children.

Injuries and deaths frequently occur when children climb onto, fall against, or pull themselves up on such items as shelves, bookcases, dressers, bureaus, desks, chests, and television stands. In some cases, televisions on furniture tip over. Children often climb up the open drawers of furniture.

Place TVs on lower furniture, as far back as possible. Use angle-braces or anchors to secure furniture to the wall.

Other furniture hazards include fire caused by placing furniture too close to heat sources. In addition, blinds and mini-blinds have killed hundreds of children who became entangled and suffocated in the cords and lines associated with the blinds.

If you or your child have been injured by a furniture product, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Blinds & Window Treatments: Overview
  2. Dangerous Household Products: Overview
  3. Lane Cedar Chests: Overview
  4. Dangerous Folding Tables: Overview
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