Keeping Kids Safe From Furniture Tip-Overs | Consumer Reports

Keeping Kids Safe From Furniture Tip-Overs | Consumer Reports


[SNAP] We’re going to be talking about
a very serious and potentially dangerous problem in
your home, and that is furniture tipping over. And to tell us a little
bit more about it is Peter Anzalone
from Consumer Reports. Peter. Hi, Jack. You know, this is a
real severe problem. Every 17 minutes,
someone is injured by tipping furniture,
appliances, or TVs. So where are we and
what are we doing here? This is the
furniture safety lab, and here we’re testing the
stability of furniture. So we’re going to demonstrate,
with this dresser, what can happen if a child
is messing around with it. All right. This weight represents
the weight of a child. And if we place it on the
front of the dresser– [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] Whoa! That was really scary. You can see what happened. If there were a
small child in front of this dresser when it tipped
over, it could be devastating. Next, Peter shows me
another dresser that could pose a threat to a child. [WHOOSH] This is an example of a
dresser that’s very unstable. There’s no clothing
in the drawers. I’m just going to pull this
one out, and you do the same. Whoa. That is very unstable. Yeah. This model has been recalled. It’s no longer for sale. Well, that’s a good thing. Let me show you
one other example. Sure. Watch your hand. All right. Hey, no tipping over. Right. So in this
demonstration, you can see that this dresser
is much more stable. Is there a way of telling which
ones tip over and which ones don’t? Well, we found that
there’s no real way of just looking at a dresser
to see if it’s stable or not. Peter says one way to
make furniture safe is to anchor it to the wall. And for a smart consumer,
that means it’s time to bust out the power tools. First, let’s choose
the wall mount assembly that works the best. So Peter, what do we got here? Well, this is an assortment
of furniture anchors. OK. These, on this side, are ones
that might come with something if you purchased it new. You can see that there’s
not a lot to them. No. These seem pretty simple. Yeah. This assortment here are anchors
that come as aftermarket kits. So you can see the ones
that come with furniture, they only give you
enough equipment to anchor it in one point. But usually, the
aftermarket kits, they give you multiple
straps so that you can anchor it from
two positions, which is much more secure. Step one of anchoring
your furniture– finding the studs or support
beams behind the wall. We’ll just pass this stud
finder back and forth where we might find a stud. Ah, you found one. There it is. And I found the other one. There you go. So we’re ready for step
two– mounting the brackets. Peter measures the
height of the dresser so we know where to place
the brackets on the wall. So we have 33 and 1/2
inches, and then we’re going to transfer
that to the wall. So 33 and 1/2
inches, right there. That’s right where the stud was. All right. And we’ll do the same
thing on this side. Peter and I attach
a pair of brackets with straps to both the wall
and the back of the dresser, but here’s a heads up. So we’re supposed to put the
screws on the top portion of the dresser, correct? That’s right, because this
piece can be very thin and it’s not quite as strong
as a thicker piece of wood. Now comes the third
and final step– securing the piece of furniture. You take the strap
from the dresser and thread it
through the bracket and tighten it up slightly. And you can do the same. There we go. OK. That’s it. And now we can slide the
dresser into the wall. Just leave a little space. And then we’ll just adjust
the strap by pulling up on it. Tighten it in closer. Ah. OK. All safe and secure. And now you can
see– grab a hold and try to pull it
away from the wall. You can see that’s
not going to tip over. Yeah. That’s not moving anywhere. Peter, this wasn’t so hard. Yeah. Once you’ve done it, you can see
that it’s not that hard to do. Remember though, we’ve only
attached a dresser to the wall. You want to make sure that
you attach all your furniture in the household–
bookcases, TVs, appliances– because children are
always investigating things and climbing on
things, and you really want to make the household
completely safe for them. Well, Peter, thank you very
much for this information. This is really, really
good advice on safety. [SNAP]

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