Hidden danger of unsecured televisions and furniture could put your child at risk
Falling furniture and televisions could end a child’s life in a split second. But There’s a simple and inexpensive prevention tool that could keep your family from the horror mom and dads have gone through.
Kali Randall’s daughter’s life ended in an instant in a tragic accident in their own home. “My whole life was gone in a second it really was,” said Kali Randall.
Randall woke up from a nap to a loud noise that was coming from her living room. Her 3-year-old daughter, Vaida, had been crushed by their television set.
“I would tell her I am sorry,” said Randall.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child is hurt by furniture or televisions that tip over about every 30 minutes and a child dies about every 10 days.
“This is a hidden hazard this is not something your average parent or caregiver really gives a lot of thought to you not climbing that furniture as an adult,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, CPSC Acting Chair.
It is part of a Consumer Product Safety Commission’s campaign to get the message out to parents about the dangers.
“If there’s something on top of the television or other furniture they’re going to try to climb the drawers and odds are that furniture could easily fall on them,” said Buerkle.
Since 2000, 514 children have died from tipped furniture or falling televisions.
“When a television falls off of a dresser it can fall up to a fourth of 10,000 pounds on your child and that is deadly impact,” said Buerkle.
Buerkle says it only takes 5 minutes to hook up an anchoring device to your dressers, bookcases, and television sets around the house.
“You do one end to the furniture one end to the wall I’ve done it at my house and you can do it too,” said Buerkle.
Randall has been pushing the same safety message since that fateful day. In her most recent Facebook post on a page she created called Vaida’s Story, she writes, “Mommy misses you more every day.”
“She just had these eyes that would melt your soul,” said Randall.
Buerkle says you can buy anchoring kits at hardware and big box stores.