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Two dressers designed to be used in kids' rooms are the latest items on the children's product recall list. But we're not talking about bureaus tainted with lead paint or loose knobs that pose choking hazards. No, the reason that Natart Chelsea Dressers by Gemme Juvenile and Million Dollar Baby Dressers by Bexco Due have been pulled from the market is because children have been injured, and even killed, when the dressers tipped over.
Even if you don't have either of these bureaus in your home, your child could be at risk. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every two weeks a child is killed by furniture or a television set that tips over. And more than 25,000 children are treated in ERs around the country every year due injuries they sustained thanks to falling furniture, TVs or appliances.
Sadly, these numbers are going up: The most recent report from the CPSC notes that 2011 had the highest ever one-year number of fatalities. It's thought that this may be due to families transitioning to fancier flat screen TVs and moving their older, heavier TV to a bedroom without the proper stand or anchoring. (A full 40 percent of fatalities occur in bedrooms, with only 19 percent in the living or family rooms.)
Little kids, of course, are curious and adventurous and think using dresser drawers as steps is an ingenious move -- and moms and dads simply can't have their eyes on their children every single moment to keep them safe. So to help ensure your child avoids a tip-over injury, follow these simple rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Anchor your furniture, TV and free-standing appliances to the wall or floor. The hardware comes with so many pieces of furniture already (thank you, Ikea!), so use it. (Look for furniture straps, TV straps and safety L-brackets at your local hardware store or order online at stores like Babies 'R Us.)
Keep alluring items off of the TV. This includes remote controls and toys.
Keep television and cable cords out of reach from kids' tugging little hands.
Place your TV on a sturdy, low base. Also, push it back as far as possible.
Place your TV carefully. Avoid putting a television set on top of furniture that's not designed for it, such as on a dresser.