Toppling furniture and televisions

Sadly, up to two children die every year from furniture or TVs toppling over. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. You can take steps to prevent unstable furniture and TVs from toppling over:

  • secure TVs and any tall furniture in the home to walls with anchoring devices
  • purchase low-set furniture or furniture with sturdy stable and deep bases
  • install child-resistant drawer locks to prevent drawers from being opened and climbed on

Go to the toppling furniture page on the Product Safety website for more information and safety tip.

If you’re renting a home, talk to your landlord or agent to get permission to install a furniture strap, angle brace or anchor to the wall. Explain why you want to install the device and assure them that if any damage is caused by the installation, you will repair it when the tenancy ends. Make sure you get the landlord or agent’s approval in writing. Go to the asking to make an alteration page on our website for more information.

Watch the safety video below for useful information about how to anchor furniture and TVs.

If you become aware of an unsafe situation or item, whether or not anyone has been injured, you should alert the supplier about the issue. You can also report it by lodging a complaint on our website or via the Product Safety Australia website.

Information for businesses

A Best Practice Guide for Furniture and Television Tip-Over Prevention has been developed by the National Retail Association, in consultation with a range of businesses and with support from the ACCC, the Australian Furniture Association (AFA) and the Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association (CESA). The Guide recommends that suppliers of furniture and televisions:

  • develop a company policy that outlines systems to address tip-over hazards associated with their products and states their commitment to support the policy
  • affix to the products (or supply with them) anchor devices that are fit for the purpose
  • provide consumer information about tip-over hazards and prevention that includes warning labels
  • in user / assembly instructions
  • on any packaging, including for flat-packed furniture, and
  • on the product
  • develop and maintain staff training programs and manuals about furniture and television consumer safety initiatives
  • provide consumer literature illustrating the various means of anchoring furniture and televisions
  • display warnings in the vicinity of tall furniture and televisions strongly advising consumers to use anchors to secure them to a wall or other building structure.

Download the best practice guide for furniture and television tip-over prevention from the National Retail Association website.

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