PSA of The Day: Securing Furniture with Wall Anchor Straps (UPDATED)

PSA of the Day

Do you remember this post about Meghan’s untimely death at the age of three, after she was found under an unsecured dresser in her room?

Kiddos die from falling furniture?  Horrifying.  Even worse?  I found this startling statistic: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child dies every two weeks as a result of falling furniture or TV sets.

I had no idea, did you?

The easy solution is to secure the furniture to the wall with wall anchor straps.  Almost all furniture comes with a kit.  That way if an itty-bitty decides to be an explorer for the day and attempts to scale their dresser without your knowledge, you can worry about one. less. thing.

Go HERE to read the entire post which has links for free retrofit kits.

Then share this post with someone you know with children.

Let’s keep our babies safe.

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UPDATED INFO: If you need anchor wall straps, or know a family that does, you can order them HERE.

 

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Comments

  1. Living in southern California where earthquakes can easily cause furniture to fall on anyone of any age — anchor is a big deal around here.

  2. I remember a few years ago helping my daughter anchor my soon to be born grandson’s tall toy shelf to the wall. Like you said, it came with a kit. This caused me to think back to my own daughters’ toy shelves which were also tall but plastic with open shelves and back. Though they would not have been as dangerous as this large wooden one it would still have been a good idea to anchor them. Thirty years ago this was not on the radar for most families. Thank goodness it is now! Thanks for reminding us all.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I had no knowledge of anchoring until a few years back when we bought a new dresser and Husband explained the kit. ut, I thought it was ludicrous because we didn’t have small children. I didn’t want my furniture attached to the wall…come on! Now that I see what a hazard it can be, I’m thankful for the straps.

  3. I’m sure that the baby furniture my daughter purchased did not come with wall anchoring kits –I will definitely tell her about this!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      OMGosh. That is surprising. I think hardware stores sell the kits, or i bet you can get them online. I’ll check around.

  4. My daughter only recently admitted to an incident involving a television and the true miracle that my grandson was okay. So, so scary. Anchors are a must. An important PSA for one and all!

  5. Horrifying. I had no idea. Thanks for alerting us.

  6. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I had no idea!

  7. Oh my goodness…I guess since I don’t have kids I never thought about this! Will definitely be sharing with my parents friends!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I remember once getting anchor straps with a dresser and not knowing what they were for, until my husband educated me. Even then, I was not convinced. Meghan’s story convinced me otherwise.

  8. My little guy is 8 months now and starting to pull up on anything and everything….I told my husband just a couple of days ago that we need to get everything anchored to the wall ASAP! I am terrified of something falling on him, and even though I’m with him 24 hours a day I know I can’t have my eyes on him non-stop. Thank you so much for sharing this with those who may not be aware!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      You’re so welcome. It’s true that even though SAHMs keep a sharp eye on the kiddos, it can happen in an instant. Better to be safe.

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