One child dies approximately every two weeks, trapped or crushed when furniture tips over — and countless others are injured by falling furniture each day. Furniture anchors, which are inexpensive and relatively easy to install, can help reduce these types of accidents. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission launched a national campaign in February 2016 called “Anchor It!” to draw attention to the dangers of falling household furniture.
With so many hazards in the home in addition to furniture, childproofing has become big business in recent decades. Experts recommend everything from electric outlet covers and safety gates in front of stairs to cabinet and toilet locks to contraptions that protect children from strangling on window-blind chords and curtain pulls. While such devices can certainly help prevent injury, they don’t supplant a watchful eye.