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Securing Furniture For Children’s Bedrooms

Photo by Tatiana Syrikova: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cute-toddler-girl-playing-with-toy-kitchen-at-home-3933230/

The home may not always be a secure environment for children. Many children are unaware of the potential hazards present at home.  One issue is the toppling of furniture. The number of children injured due to furniture toppling might surprise you.

A study published in the Injury Epidemiology Journal shed light on tip-over accidents involving children under 18 years of age, with a significant portion of injuries and fatalities occurring in children younger than six.

To understand the nature of the injuries, the study utilized product codes for each case, determining whether furniture or a television caused the harm. Specifically, the study categorized clothing storage units (CSUs), such as dressers, trunks, bureaus, portable closets, wardrobes, armoires, and clothing racks, as pieces of furniture with drawers and/or hinged doors. Additionally, other types of furniture that posed potential risks of injury or death included nightstands, desks, entertainment centers, tables, china cases, cabinets, hutches, and bookshelves.

The risk of tip-over incidents isn’t limited to furniture that is tall but shallow furniture as well. Even wider furniture could be hazardous if it contains drawers or shelves that a child might climb upon, leading to potential tipping accidents.

I myself the author of this article had a large wardrobe fall over on me as a child of about 8.  I remember staying at a friend’s house and we were playing hide and seek.  I climbed up onto a wardrobe which made it fall over.  Luckily nobody was underneath and harmed.  

In 2015 IKEA announced that it would provide free wall-anchoring kits for its MALM chests and drawers.  Sadly, it was down to the deaths of two children who were killed by these drawers falling on them that was the catalyst for this. They also now have a section on ’how to secure furniture to walls’ however it doesn’t cover plasterboard or hollow drywalls.  

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The result of his expertise and determination is GeeFix, a cavity wall fixing that stands out as the most potent and versatile option available. Its strength and adaptability make it compatible with various materials, such as plasterboard, insulated plasterboard, lath & plaster, and even wattle & daub. With GeeFix plasterboard fixings you can rest assured that once you fix it, it’s fixed right, ensuring reliable and secure installations.


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