At schools, day care centers, and summer camps, there may be a risks to children that may not be well identified by the administrators, owners, and employees. The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that over 260 children have died since 2000 due to furniture including but not limited to bookshelfs, dressers, and televisions tipping over on the children. Another alarming statistics include the report that over 11,000 children suffered personal injuries from tip over related incidents during this time period as well. The truth is that these injuries are quite foreseeable and preventable.
One common risk that has been identified is the scenario in which a television – whether flat screen or standard – is placed on top of a dresser or bookcase. Without proper support and anchoring, the television can be prone to tipping over along with the furniture itself. This can happen from a person casually bumping into the area or child who lacks good safety judgment pull or pushing on the television or furniture. As stated, these personal injuries can be avoided with proper anchoring. Ideally, the facility has a trained maintenance person who can install the anchors in a secure manner. If there is no such person employed at the day care center or school, a professional should be called in to take care of these most important safety measures. It should be noted that improperly installed anchors may only be slightly better (if at all) than no anchors at all in protecting the children under the supervision of the day care center or school. If a television, furniture, or other item cannot be securely anchored, then the best and most prudent measure to take is to get rid of this item from the day care center. You can read more about this topic at Anchoring Televisions and Furniture Can Prevent Tip Over Injuries to Children.