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Worlds Best Furniture Anchor Safe T Stop by New Box Products; The Right thing to do!
“When I heard this story on the news I knew we had to do something, something different like the New Box Safe T Stop” said Tom Muskopf in an interview with the press recently. “New Box Products already developed and patented the Drawer Slider and Stop device, to stop heavy drawers from falling on children, but I knew I could do more”
Muskopf, a contract engineer for Lockheed Martin among other impressive employers over the years, was sitting in New Box Products well equipped private lab as he continued “there are a lot of furniture anchors on the market… they are complicated, unattractive and difficult to install correctly. I knew we could do much better.” He took a deep breath and continued “With the New Box approach, our furniture anchor, called the Safe T Stop, is so simple to install it takes only a one frame diagram to describe. It leaves room for access behind the furniture without allowing the item to fall a short distance, which greatly increases the holding power of the attachment to the wall. This is true even if that attachment is to plaster board without benefit of a stud.”
He continued the explanation “the main device out there, the one available from major outlets like IKEA, involves a complicated cable contraption. This is supposedly to facilitate movement of the chest of drawers to access behind it for cleaning. However, this loose cable can allow the chest to begin to fall forward and snap to a stop at the end of the length of cable, causing an incredible increase in the stress on the attachment to both the wall and the piece of furniture. If either of these attachments fail, the chest falls and the danger and hazard is as bad as ever. The New Box solution anchors the piece of furniture securely to the wall while still allowing for a small space for cleaning and electrical cord plug-ins.”
The story that had upset Tom Muskopf so deeply was as follows:
A mother told of a disaster on December 18, 2004, with the death of her young child, the first widely reported such incident involving the tip and fall of light weight furniture…..
“She was the second born of a twin set, her older brother arriving 4 minutes before she was born. She arrived feet first, feisty, and ready to make her presence known, literally kicking her older brother out of the womb. That was October 23, 2001, one of the happiest days of my life.
On the morning of December 18, 2004, I awoke to find Meghan lifeless under her dresser. I assumed she was climbing the drawers. We did not hear the dresser fall, for it fell on top of her. She did not or could not cry. She died within minutes – suffocated under the weight of the dresser.
Suddenly I was living every parent’s nightmare. My heart shattered. All because of something that could have easily been prevented, had we known and understood the dangers. It was the worst day of my life.”
A few dollars and a few minutes installing a New Box Safe T Stop would have saved her life. That’s all it takes to safely secure a piece of furniture to the wall with the New Box Products Safe T Stop Solution. All it takes is putting a few holes in a wall and a piece of furniture. Walls can be fixed, broken hearts and families cannot.
Since this incident, we here at New Box Products have been shocked to learn that furniture and television tip-over incidents are an all-too-common occurrence in this country. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average, tipped furniture or falling televisions send a child in the U.S. to the emergency room every 24 minutes in 2015 and that number seems to be on the increase in 2016. Each of these incidents could be prevented if parents and caregivers installed simple, low-cost furniture anchors like the Safe T Stop from New Box Products.
Parents and caregivers can find details about the dangers of unanchored furniture along with key safety steps to take for anchoring furniture with products like the Safe T Stop at AnchorIt.gov. The steps include:
- Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers.
- Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.
- Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall or base furniture.
- CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.
- Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.
- Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
- Existing furniture can be anchored with New Box Products Safe T Stop bracket. New furniture, such as dressers, sold with anti-tip devices. We suggest purchasing the safer and better engendered New Box Products Safe T Stop Furniture Anchor, there is a big difference.
- If your drawers do not have stops, install New Box Products Safety Sliders and Stops, they are inexpensive and will avoid years of potential heartbreak if they are able to stop a falling drawer from injuring your child or grandchild.
If you have children in your home, even if they are not your own children, we at New Box Products urge you to visit AnchorIt.gov. Use the tips and the information provided there to help you secure your furniture and televisions to protect children. The threat might be serious, but the solution is simple: anchoring is easy, inexpensive and only takes five minutes with the simple to install solutions from New Box Products and our inexpensive and easy to install Safe T Stop.