The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a study on the dangers children face in the home because of unsafe furniture. In recent years, thousands of kids have been injured or killed due to toppling furniture.
In 2010 alone, approximately 23,600 people ended up in emergency rooms due to unstable furniture – the majority of those injured were children. Common injuries included serious bruises, fractures, internal injuries, and even suffocation.
In response to the findings, consumer advocates and furniture manufacturers are looking for ways to regulate safety standards for furniture and other heavy household products, as well as to educate parents on the potential dangers that exist in their homes.
The current standard, which is voluntary, has been in effect since 2009, and it says that furniture must remain steady when all drawers are open and when 50 pounds of weight are placed at the front of a drawer. However, many companies ignore the standards.
There have been nine furniture recalls since 1992. Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other safety advocates are also considering safety regulations for televisions, as they are commonly involved in home product injuries.