What does a tall shelf filled with books, an open hot oven, and a flat screen TV sitting on a media cart all have in common? They are all accidents waiting to happen. There are many heart-breaking stories of furniture falling and injuring people at home. But with just a few simple steps, accidents can be averted...
The public service announcement above horrifically illustrates just how easy it can be for furniture to tip over onto a small child. Whether they are trying to climb a dresser or reach for their favorite book on an upper shelf, kids can exert enough pressure to tip over even large pieces of furniture.
There are a number of very inexpensive anti-tip brackets and straps, all simple to attach onto furniture, televisions, and walls to keep things from tipping over. Here are several well rated and low cost options:
Mommy's Helper Tip Resistent Furniture Safety Brackets ($4.23)
Hangman TK-400 Anti-Tip Kit ($10.49)
Anti-tip Furniture Strap ($6.34)
Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps
KidCo Anti-Tip TV Strap ($10.35)
Did you know the average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 16 pounds? With the door wide open and the rack slid out, a large turkey can cause an oven range to tip over. Fortunately, there are inexpensive anti-tip brackets easy to install yourself. Check the oven model number to see if there is a matching bracket to fit your specific range.
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