Not too long ago I read a blog post that really helped me to open my eyes about securing our furniture and appliances. The story really got to me because the age of the child was 3. That’s how old Mason will be in just a couple of days and quite honestly I thought we were passed the point where he would be climbing on the furniture but I’m not in his head and most of the time I don’t get his reasoning and it made me realize that for that particular danger we are not out of the woods just yet.
At this point I have two main concerns. The bookshelf for the baby and the TV in the living room. When Mason was smaller I was in the kitchen and he was in the living room and when I walked into the living room to find him I caught him behind the TV. He had pretty much soundlessly climbed onto our entertainment center (it’s not very high off the ground) and went behind the TV. At the time I thought it was funny. I couldn’t believe he had even managed to get himself back there without knocking the TV over. For some reason it never occurred to me that the TV could have fell ON HIM and hurt him.
But it could have. A 2012 report done by the Consumer Product Safety Commission showed that a child is killed every three weeks from TV instability. Another 18,900 people end up in the emergency room due to the injuries from a TV Tip Over. This is a 31% increase in the last 10 years. Why the increase? TVs are becoming increasingly thinner and lighter making it much easier for them to tip than the TVs made 10+ years ago.
Mason hasn’t done anything like that since but we do have a new baby coming and if Mason could do it I’m sure his little sister could too. Our TV is right in front of a window so securing it would be difficult in that space so we’re actually going to rearrange our entire living room so we can secure the TV.