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Furniture tip-overs cause injuries to thousands of people, especially children, each year. Yet, preventing furniture tip-overs can be relatively simple and inexpensive.
While newly manufactured furniture may comply with the American Society for Testing Materials (ATSM) standard and even come with tip restraints, older pieces may not be similarly equipped and may require these safety measures. If you have children at home, consider these tip restraints to be part of child-proofing and indoor safety. Attach these straps and brackets to studs in the wall to help prevent furniture tip-overs, but don't consider them a substitute for supervision.
The Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps are easy to install and sturdy enough to help prevent accidental furniture tip-overs. The straps can be used to help secure shelving, bookcases, chests, or armoires to the wall. As they are installed in the back, you cannot see the straps from the front, but they may be visible from the sides.
Each strap is designed to hold up to 200 pounds of force, and there are two straps per package. Make sure to follow instructions to ensure that you are fastening your furniture securely. Also, remember that the weight allowance includes the weight of the furniture and whatever else it is holding, so don't consider furniture safe for children to climb.
Kid Co Anti-Tip Furniture Straps also secure furniture to the wall to help prevent accidental tipping. They install quickly and easily to help keep dressers, bookcases, and other furniture relatively safe from tipping over. The straps come in packs of two, and you need at least two straps per furniture piece to keep it secure.
The white nylon straps are screwed at one end to the furniture and the other to the wall. Screws are provided with the straps. It is recommended that you use more than two straps with heavier, taller pieces.
The Mommy's Helper Safety Brackets attach to the back of your furniture and to a stud in the wall. The brackets are detachable so that you can clean behind the furniture when needed. Two brackets are required per piece of furniture, but you may use additional brackets for heavy or taller pieces.
These brackets must be attached to a stud in the wall to be secure. If the bracket is not attached to a stud, the piece of furniture can still come crashing down, as the wall finish alone will not be able to hold it in place. Be sure to follow all directions. Many reviewers recommended against using these straps on heavier furniture, but they are useful for smaller or more lightweight furniture.
It isn't just furniture that tips over; flat-screen TVs have also caused a lot of accidents. While it is important to place TVs on furniture that is designed to hold them, other safety measures should also be taken. One way is to mount a TV on the wall, or, if you are placing it on top of an entertainment center, to secure it with straps.
The Kidco Anti-Tip TV straps come as a set of two black nylon straps and can be installed with the help of screw mounts, which are also included.