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How does your dresser 'stand-up' to tip-over tests

How does your dresser 'stand-up' to tip-over tests (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The numbers are frightening: Every 17 minutes someone is injured by furniture, a TV or an appliance tipping on them. About every ten days, a child dies from a tip-over incident. Despite those stats, furniture, including dressers, are not required to be tip-over-tested before they are sold.

So, the consumer safety nonprofit group Consumer Reports decided to put dresser stability to the test themselves, buying 24 models from different furniture manufacturers, then evaluating them for their propensity to tip-over if scaled by a child.

The studies reveal that parents can’t tell if a dresser is going to tip-over merely by looking at it. As a result of the study, Consumer Reports is now pushing for mandatory safety standards.

Until then, the emphasizes that all furniture should be properly anchored to a wall with furniture straps.

You can see Consumer Reports' complete dresser study at consumerreports.org.





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