Learn about what you can do to prevent furniture-related risks and accidents around the home.
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Hello! I am Colleen Driscoll. I am the owner of a childproofing company called Baby's Home Safe Home. Today, we are talking about childproofing the kitchen. Now, I am going to talk about TV safety and furniture safety. It's important to look at your tables and other furniture in the home. Sometimes you might just wonder remove a piece. If you have a pedestal table or a glass table sometimes they can be very tippy if a child leans on the end. Glass furniture generally has sharp edges including metal. It's great when furniture has nice round corners. We will want you to avoid using table clothes and place mats. Sometimes children will pull on a table cloth or a place mat and pull dangerous items down on themselves such as hot beverages. Parents need to be careful with tippy furniture such as chairs. If a child climbs on a chair, they could tip over, or if they try to climb on the stool that could also tip over. Sometimes you might just need to remove the stool from your kitchen. Another hazard with furniture involves sharp edges such as knobs or perhaps a screw or another piece of hardware sticking out from their furniture. Get down on your hands and knees and see what is under the table. You want to make sure there are no sharp metal pieces of any sharp edges that your child may bump against. We also want to talk about furniture such as bookcases or possibly bakers racks or any type of cabinet you might have in your kitchen or in other areas of your home. Sometimes furniture can be very tippy especially if children try to climb on it. We want to make sure that you don't have dangerous items like glass picture frames that can fall down on your child's head if something have some movement in it, if your child tries to shake it. We recommend that you anchor furniture. This is a type of furniture strap that we use to secure furniture. Furniture restraints don't totally remove the hazards, but it's something that can help. They are attached to the wall and the piece of furniture. We do want to be careful where is TVs are stored in your home, whether it's the kitchen or somewhere else. Children may pull in a chord. So it's very important to make sure cords are secure and hidden and that your child cannot gain access to it later. Also, we want to make sure that your tables are stable if they are supporting a television. Nowadays many people have flat screen TVs which can be very light weight. So it might be easier for your child to pull it down. Please check all your furniture to make sure it's stable. Something that has drawers will make it easier to upset the balance. If your child opens all the cabinets or drawers, it can make your furniture very tippy. We don't recommend you place TVs on tippy furniture, especially on dressers that have a stack of drawers. Now, we are finished talking about furniture and TV safety. I hope you can use these tips throughout your house to look at other dangerous furniture.