January 29, 2015 – AHFA is supporting a public safety campaign launched by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this month and focused on the issue of TV and furniture tip-over prevention.
The CPSC chose the week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday (February 1) to launch the campaign, because more Americans buy new TVs during the week before the Super Bowl than at any other time of the year. In fact, according to a Consumer Electronics Association survey in 2013, nearly a quarter of high definition television owners purchased their TVs to watch the Super Bowl.
AHFA issued its own consumer press release on Wednesday, January 28, noting that when a new TV comes home, the old TV is often moved to a secondary, less-supervised room in the house, such as a second bedroom, child’s bedroom, playroom or office. And, frequently, these units are place on dressers, book shelves or other furniture not intended for holding electronics.
Titled “Three Steps to TV & Furniture Safety,” the press release illustrates how to install the type of tip restraint shipped with new bedroom storage furniture taller than 30 inches – as required by the ASTM furniture tip-over safety standard. AHFA urges families with small children to anchor such furniture to the wall, whether or not it holds a television.
AHFA has worked for more than a decade on safety measures specifically designed to reduce the number of furniture tip-over accidents. A voluntary furniture tip-over prevention standard for furniture manufacturers has been in place since 2000, and since 2009 it has required tip restraints to be shipped with all new bedroom furniture that is 30 inches or taller.