Top Furniture Safety Tips for Kids
Every home needs furniture, but if you have children, it’s important to recognize how these important items can actually put their safety at risk. Fortunately, keeping your children safe doesn’t mean sitting on the floor for years to come. Just implement the following tips and your furniture and children will be able to coexist peacefully.
Ensure Furniture Stability
Between 2000 and 2011, close to 300 children under the age of nine were killed when TV, appliances and furniture were turned over on top of them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 2011, actually saw the highest rate of the years surveyed, which speaks to how this problem isn’t just going away on its own.
Instead, you need to make sure that the furniture in your home is stable and not capable of being knocked over by a child. One easy way to greatly reduce the chances of your child getting hurt (the CPSC reported thousands of more injuries every year from this problem as well) is to mount your flat screen TVs to the wall. Your child will most likely be unable to reach them, then, and therefore be unable to tip them over. Keep kitchen appliances pushed back against the wall, far from where your little one can reach up and grab them.
Basically, you should take a tour of your home and look for anything your child could reach or otherwise fall victim to. This even includes the kitchen range as, if not properly mounted down, your kid could pull it over.
Cover Sharp Edges
There’s plenty of damage a toddler can do to themselves without knocking anything over. Furniture like coffee tables, desks and certain chairs all feature sharp edges that your child can run or trip into. Fortunately, the risks they pose are far less serious than the ones we just covered, but this type of injury is still very painful.
These days, though, you can buy all kinds of products that will cover these sharp edges with rounded corners. Kids can still land against them, but the harm caused will be greatly reduced.
Consider Their Bedding
Although your baby’s crib may seem as safe as it gets, it might have a number of hidden dangers. For one thing, you need a mattress that fits perfectly without providing margins on the side. Otherwise, your child could get their head stuck between the mattress and the crib and suffocate or otherwise hurt themselves. This is also why you want tight bedding. Until your child is about one, they shouldn’t have any pillows, toys or comforters. Lay them in bed on their backs too and always have a baby monitor nearby so you can hear if anything goes wrong.
It’s recommended that you use a crib that has an adjustable height to its platform. This way, as your child gets older, you can lower the mattress level, making it impossible for them to escape their crib without you knowing.
Implementing the above furniture tips is of the utmost importance in order to ensure your child is safe inside your home.
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