Sitting down on a couch or a chair is supposed to be one of the safest things you can do. Unfortunately, furniture isn’t always as safe as you think. In some cases, poor furniture manufacturing or design can lead to serious injuries. Knowing how to identify furniture with poor manufacturing or design and avoid injury is critical to maintaining your overall safety… even when you’re just sitting on the couch.
Common Furniture Accidents and Injuries
You don’t hear about dangerous furniture every day. In fact, the biggest hazard you’re usually worried about when you’re searching for furniture is the potential to stub a toe or bang a shin. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that your furniture is safe. Potential furniture hazards could include:
- Poor designs that result in a high risk of tipping over—in 2016, tipping furniture caused more than 2,800 reports of injured children
- Furniture collapse, including collapsing chairs, sofas, and more
- Sharp edges left on furniture after manufacturing, especially where sharp edges shouldn’t exist
- Furniture that breaks easily, leaving sharp edges that could cause harm
- Hazardous chemicals used in the treatment of furniture wood and cushions, which can cause everything from respiratory distress to cancer
The most dangerous furniture in your home is usually your dressers and shelves. In many cases, these top-heavy items can fall over, creating a significant risk of injury. Many pieces of furniture are especially dangerous for small children, particularly those who are likely to climb on furniture, only to have it tip over and crush them.
Identifying Well-Designed Furniture
With all of the potentially hazardous furniture on the market, you want to how to identify high-quality furniture that won’t leave you or your children dealing with injuries. Look for:
- Furniture of sturdy construction, unlikely to fall apart, with no unexpected edges or other potential dangers
- Anchors that tether furniture to the wall, preventing falls. Note that anchors and tethers require proper installation to work—and it’s particularly important to tether furniture if you have small children in the house.
- TV cabinets and other items that don’t have drawers located at the bottom of the unit. Open drawers can increase tip over risk.
- Non-toxic wood used in construction to help prevent the presence of hazardous chemicals in your home.
- Furniture with rounded edges, rather than sharp corners. This is especially important if small children live in or visit the home.
- Non-slip furniture for children. Non-slip furniture can help prevent furniture from sliding out from under children and causing serious injuries.
Choosing the right furniture for your home is a big step in keeping your family and guests safe. High-quality, safe furniture is worth the investment, since it can go a long way toward helping to prevent injuries. In addition, use furniture as it was intended, rather than climbing on chairs or otherwise engaging in inappropriate furniture use.
Seeking Legal Help After Furniture Injuries
If you were injured by poorly manufactured furniture or furniture with a bad design, seek legal help as soon as possible. Email the Florida Law Group today or phone (813) 463-8880 to schedule your free consultation.