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By Casey De Farria
Casey De Farria
09 Feb, 2021

One Mum’s close call serves as an important reminder on furniture safety

 We recently had a CPR Kids follower reach out about an incident that she experienced with her toddler – in hopes, she could remind parents of the importance of always securing furniture, and prevent others from experiencing what she did.

A picture of the mothers chest of drawers, completely toppled over.

When we think of securing furniture many of us think of TV straps and bookcase safety – without thinking that something as seemingly ‘safe’ as a chest of drawers could pose a risk! This is an important reminder as tragically, at least 14 children under nine years old died in Australia during 2000-2015 after domestic furniture fell on them. This is around one death per year.

“I wanted to share this vomit-inducing photo of our chest of drawers toppled over … I was feeding my newborn when I heard an almighty crash out where my 2-year-old was. I came out to see this. And I thought my 2-year-old was under it. If he had been I hate to think what the consequences would have been. By some miracle, he managed to get clear of it before it fell.
I suspect he opened all the drawers which shifted the weight. 
My point is… we’re very safety conscious but we moved into a temporary rental and didn’t want to damage the walls by securing the chest of drawers. In hindsight… how stupid was that.
We were so lucky and so I wanted to share our close shave to perhaps help others think twice.”

For the record – we are so glad this little one is okay – and we don’t think this is stupid at all! It isn’t uncommon for even the most safety-conscious parents to consider only the more obvious safety risks in the home.

Also worth noting – toddlers can often surprise us with what they are capable of, particularly when we are caring for and feeding their younger siblings making it that much harder to keep a close eye on them!

Here are some great tips from Product Safety Australia on preventing furniture accidents in the home,

  • Attach, mount, bolt, or otherwise secure furniture and televisions to walls and floors.
  • Put locking devices on all drawers to prevent children from opening them and using them as steps.
  • Do not put heavy items on top shelves of bookcases.
  • Discourage small children from climbing on the furniture.
  • Do not put tempting items such as favourite toys on top of furniture that encourages children to climb up and reach.
  • Do not place unstable furniture near where children play.

Check out this Red Nose Australia article on furniture safety, for more.

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