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3 Must-Read Safety Tips to Avoid Tip-Over Accidents

It's always better to be safe than sorry!

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If there is one household hazard that should be talked about more—it is furniture tip-over accidents.

According to the US Consumer Safety Product Commission, there have been at least 430 deaths between 2010 to 2013 and the numbers are rising to-date. Recently, a 22-month old named Ted McGee was crushed after a six-drawer IKEA unit toppled over him after his mother Janet put him down for a nap.

While companies release warnings to customers to use wardrobes and chests of drawers for children with care, it wouldn't hurt to take precautionary measures to prevent unfortunate incidents. Check out these tips that can help keep your little ones safe: 

Main photos from: Digital Trends and House To Home

Secure dresser drawers to the wall. To make sure that the furniture won't easily fall over, make sure to use brackets, braces, or wall straps to fasten it to a sturdy surface. 

Avoid placing toys over tall units.
Make it a habit to keep stuffed animals, snacks, and sippy cups within your kids' reach so they wouldn't be tempted to climb up cabinets and drawers. 

Photo from Home Tips

Keep heavier items on the lowest cubbyholes. Placing items of substantial weight on higher spots might mess with the balance of your unit causing it to hit the floor fast. Remember to store bulkier items near the base while keeping the top surface light.

Photo from The Family Handyman 

Sources: Mail OnlineThe Guardian and Safe Kids Woldwide 

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