Why Dresser Stability Matters

Every 60 minutes, on average, a child is sent to an emergency room following a furniture tip-over incident, and there were at least 218 reported child fatalities involving a chest, bureau, or dresser between 2000 and 2019, according to the CPSC US.
That is why Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., reintroduced legislation today that could prevent furniture tip-overs from happening to more families.


The bill, called the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act, would require the CPSC to create a mandatory federal rule that would ensure furniture stability.

The legislation originally passed in the House of Representatives in September 2019 but did not come to a vote in the Senate before the end of last session.

In the real world when people interact with their dressers, such as when multiple drawers are opened at once or when a child pulls on a drawer or attempts to climb on a dresser, the furniture tip-over.

As furniture producer, there are several prevention you can do to avoid this problem on your products.

1. To include an additional hardware or fixture into your product for customer to anchor the dresser into the wall.
You may consider different type of walls customer may have to adapt the type of hardwares you are going to supply.

2. To perform stability test to your furniture in a professional laboratory.
This service provider can advice you specific testing methods for your dresser.

3. To include a warning of usage into user manual or packaging so the customer will be aware of the danger.

And if you just purchase a dresser or other furniture with a risk of tip-over, you might check whether those points for manufacturer are available or not. If not available, there are pretty much option in the DIY stores for you to choose. And they are available with different material from plastic to metal plate.
And if you want to have more security on the dressers cabinet, you might choose the dresser that equipped with a locker.


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