Every Australian family should be safe in their homes. But common furniture and televisions can tip over if they’re not secured. They can cause serious injuries and even deaths.
In Australia, there have been at least 27 deaths involving toppling furniture and televisions since 2000. That’s more than one death per year, on average.
Most deaths involved children aged 4 and under, but adults over the age of 60 are also at risk. Furniture used for storage and televisions contributed to most deaths.
While these particular age groups are most at risk of death, people of all ages are at risk of being injured.
The good news is that injuries and deaths from toppling furniture and televisions are preventable. There are some easy things we can all do to make our furniture and televisions safer.
Learn about toppling furniture and TVs
Toppling furniture is dangerous. Learn what can happen, and hear one family’s story
Things you can do around your home to reduce the risk of falling furniture and TVs
What to look for if you’re buying furniture, whether it’s at a shop, online, or second-hand
For government and industry
What retailers and manufacturers can do to make their products safer
How our work is helping to make Australian families safer
- IKEA Pty Limited — SUNDVIK Change Table / Chest of Drawers — 2 May 2019
- Fantastic Furniture Pty Limited — Tara and Toto Dining Chairs — 1 August 2019
- Kmart Australia Ltd — Anko Bianca Dining Chair — 6 August 2019
- IKEA Pty Limited — HEMNES Bookcases and Glass-Door Cabinets — 30 August 2019
- Nick Scali Ltd — Levanzo 3 Dining Table — 25 August 2019
- Triumph International Pty Ltd — Zac Dining Suite 2 December — 2019
- Adairs Retail Group Pty Ltd — Panama Bedside Table — 27 February 2020
- Park Design Furniture Pty Ltd — Aero Dining Chair — 17 June 2020
- ALDI Stores (A Limited Partnership) — Recliner Chair — 15 April 2021