Babies and toddlers are curious, and they often like to explore – which frequently means climbing up, on, under, and into pieces of furniture throughout your home. While it is good to encourage this inquisitiveness, it is important to make sure that furniture is safe and secure to prevent accidents and injuries.
Follow these guidelines to help ensure that young children and infants are safe around furniture.
- 1 Follow all manufacturer instructions when assembling furniture on your own – or opt to have it professionally assembled.
- 2 Use brackets to secure bookcases, hutches, media towers, dressers, armoires, and other tall furniture to prevent tipping.
- 3 Mount flat-screen TVs and place older CRT televisions on low, stable surfaces.
- 4 Cushion or cover sharp corners to protect against pokes, scrapes, and scratches.
- 5 Inspect beneath furniture and between cushions for small or dangerous objects, such as coins, pins, paperclips, etc.
- 6 Remove or hide objects (toys, treats, etc.) that may tempt children to climb on furniture.
- 7 Keep furniture away from windows so that children cannot reach cords or fall out open windows.
- 8 Check furniture for jagged edges, splinters, nails, staples, or other sharp, protruding pieces.
- All furniture over 30” high is properly secured.
- Televisions are mounted or secured on stands designed to hold them.
- Corners are covered or cushioned.
- Spaces beneath furniture and between cushions are clean and free of dangerous objects.
- Furniture is placed away from windows and other potential hazards.
- All furniture is in good repair with no splinters, nails, staples, or other sharp protrusions.