An anti tip furniture strap might be the most underrated baby proofing product for reasons that we'll explain. In recent years it has become more affordable to purchase a giant television and why wouldn't you want to watch your favourite show on a big screen tv! The unfortunate thing is that these televisions and other tall furniture can become a real hazard for children, especially babies.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported more than 25,000 tip-over injuries to children under the age of 18 in one year. Babies and small children are at an increased risk of being crushed or trapped because they can't get out of the way fast enough. If you consider that most TVs are between 50 and 100 pounds, they can become very dangerous especially when falling from a stand or piece of furniture.
There are a few places you should look in your own home when doing your baby proofing assessment. It's a good idea to go room by room and identify the potential hazards. Televisions are the biggest concern especially if they are on a dresser or table that isn't designed to be a TV stand. Other things to look for are dressers, appliances and anything that is tall, heavy and at risk of falling over.
We'll go over some very helpful safety tips as well as provide our recommendations for the best anti-tip furniture strap on the market.
The good news is that most tip over accidents can be prevented very easily and with very little time and effort. An anti tip furniture strap can be used to secure even the heaviest items to an adjacent wall or to a secure piece of furniture. We'll get into the different kinds of straps and how to install them but here are some tips for around your TV area that will make it safety for children:
There are a few options for securing your television that will take a bit of time but the good part is you should only have to do it once. If you feel that you can't do it yourself you should consider hiring a handyman or professional baby safety specialist to do it correctly.
The safest option is to mount your TV directly on the wall. Of course this is only practical with flat screen TVs because they are lighter and have mounting sockets on the back. There are a few different options but they all work in roughly the same way.
There are basic wall mounting brackets designed to hold specific sizes determined by the Vesa Mounting Interface Standard or MIS. Other options include rotating or swivelling mounts that allow you to turn your TV for optimal viewing. Most wall mounting brackets are categorized based on the size of the big screen TV and should not be exceeded.
Always refer to the manufacturers instructions for mounting but the most important thing is to make sure you attach to the studs in your wall. This will ensure that the mounting brackets are secure and won't fall off, causing damage to your TV and possible injury.
The Cheetah Mounts TV Wall Mount is designed for big screen TVs between 32 and 65 inches in size. It's also rated for up to VESA 600x400, up to 165 pounds in weight and compatible with both 16 and 24 inch studs.
This all-in-one package has everything you need to get your TV up on the wall including mounting brackets, screws, bubble level and HDMI cable.
An anti tip furniture strap is perfect for attaching your TV to an adjacent wall or stand. TV anchors attach to the back of your television specified by the VESA sizing for mounting holes. These straps can be used to attach to just about anything including the wall, furniture and appliances.
Again, it's important that the screws are secure and you attach the strap to studs on the wall. If you don't properly find the studs you are only attaching to drywall and the screws can easily slip out cause serious injury.
A good quality anti slip furniture strap will be rated to hold up to 100 pounds and feature extra strength straps and brackets designed to withstand the weight of a big screen tv.
The iCooker Child Proof Anti Tip TV Straps are built with quality and safety in mind. They are designed specifically for TVs but also work great for securing furniture and other heavy items so they won't fall when bumped by a baby or child.
The straps can be adjusted to fit your unique requirements. All hardware is includes and the straps are easy to install for most handy parents.
As you go through your home you might identify a few pieces of furniture that require anchoring and a furniture strap kit is perfect for baby proofing numerous pieces. A tall drawer or changing table can quickly become hazardous when babies are around. The weight of these pieces of furniture can crush or seriously injure an adventurous baby if they fall on top of them.
The Baby Epic Anti Tip Furniture Strap Kit is an all-in-one package that will help secure potentially hazardous furniture around your home. The kit includes high quality, durable and easy to install straps and all mounting hardware required.
These heavy duty straps will help protect your loved ones with that added benefit of securing furniture during an earthquake if you live in an area that experiences them.
An anti tip furniture strap will secure your TV or furniture so you can be assured that your baby won't be the victim of unnecessary injury in your own home. There is no substitute for direct supervision but when you can't be there it's nice to know you've done everything you can to keep your children safe at home.
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