(ran Seminole edition)
Serious accidents often occur when children play on and around tippable furniture, such as shelves, bookcases, TV stands and dressers. Here are some suggestions from the Pinellas County Health Department and SafeKids USA to make unstable furniture safer: Use angle braces or anchors to fasten top-heavy furniture to the wall; keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers; and keep TVs, stereos, toys and other items that children might reach or climb for on lower furniture and as far back as possible.
Children can suffocate if they get trapped in a cabinet, toy chest or laundry machine. Keep doors closed and locked and supervise your child. Toy chests should have ventilation holes and lid supports. If a toy chest doesn't stay open, a spring-loaded lid support should be installed or the lid should be removed.
For information, call the office of injury prevention at 824-6900.