Safety tips to prevent furniture from falling and causing injuries

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants to remind people that new Christmas gifts could be hazardous to young children.

Our Washington, D.C. correspondent Alexandra Limon has tips from the agency to help prevent injuries from falling furniture.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns heavy furniture can be a hidden and deadly hazard.

“About 14,000 kids are injured every year from furniture and tv tip overs. And two to three kids die every month,” said Patty Davis, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Kids are curious about new things and love to climb, and if their new toys are stored up high, that can be a hazard too. There is a risk that heavy items can tip over onto young children.

“This is a anchoring device right here,  you can get one at a hardware store or home improvement. You can get one online,” said Davis. “You put one end into the furniture, the other end into the wall, and it prevents that furniture from tipping over.”

“If your television can’t be mounted to the wall, connect your television and anchor that to the piece of furniture and then anchor the furniture to the wall,” said Davis.

CPSC says its easy for people to forget about anchoring furniture

And securing furniture may not be something new parents and grandparents have thought about in the past. But the process takes only minutes.

“We say, take five to save lives,” said Davis.

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