US New York State Implements New Law Aimed at Furniture Tip-Over
SAFEGUARDS | Hardlines NO. 015/16
New York State Senate announced legislation which has been signed into law to protect children from tip-over incidents involving heavy pieces of falling furniture or televisions.
On 29, December 2015 Anti-Tip-Over legislation was signed into law under senate bill S6399  in Upstate New York.
The measure was inspired by two incidents; one of which occurred in Ogdensburg, and the other in Syracuse where two children were killed by a falling cabinet and television.
Under the new law, the State’s Consumer Protection Division will be required to develop a public awareness campaign about the danger and the need for heavy furniture that could fall or be pulled down by a child, to be anchored to floors or walls.
In a study  conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) it has been reported that at least 430 deaths were attributed to tip-over incidents from 2000 to 2013, with 84 percent involving children under the age of nine. The statistics compiled by the CPSC, every two weeks a child in the United States dies as a result of tip-over incidents and every 24 minutes a child is admitted to an emergency room because of injuries caused by top heavy furniture or a television that has fallen on them.
To prevent injuries caused by tip-over incidents the CPSC recommends taking the following steps:
- Make sure furniture is sturdy and don’t place televisions or large items on top of anything that can’t handle heavy weights;
- Utilize mounts for flat screen televisions to eliminate the risk of tipping over;
- If furniture comes with anti-tip devices, don’t forget to install them;
- Add anti-tip equipment to older pieces of furniture or televisions;
- Don’t place toys or other items that might attract children on top of televisions or heavy pieces of furniture; and
- Set up restricted play areas for children that do not have any potential tip-over hazards.
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