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Risk of Tip Over Injuries

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. 

Laundry BottleWhile children are under the care of parents, relatives, neighbors, friends, day care centers, schools, or summer camps, there are some common household items, poisons, and cleaners that pose a significant risk of injury to children.   Let’s take laundry detergent pods.   It has been reported that over 30 children per day get into liquid laundry packets or pods.  Keep in mind that children especially toddles and infants are curious.  The bright colors of a laundry pod or packet (to a child) seems like a fun object to play with and even put in the mouth to play with or eat.  Many such laundry pods seem like a big soft piece of candy or like a soft toy to play with.  Of course, the purpose of these laundry pods or packets are to clean clothes and not to serve as a toy or play item.   This goes the same for other common household or day care items like bleach, bug spray, industrial cleaners, etc. . . . It is also well known that children are wonderful and mischievous explorers and adventurers. In other words, children get into places where they do not belong because there is a certain challenge and thrill in getting into places where they should not be in.
As for the laundry packets, the United States Product Safety Commission reports that children can become quite ill from the ingestion or contact with the packets including but not limited to difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, severe eye burns, and vision loss.   That’s right, these bright colored detergent pods and packets are quite dangerous.
Here are some safety tips that should be followed by all child care providers: