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Here are some tips on buying furniture that’s safe, reliable

SHARE Here are some tips on buying furniture that’s safe, reliable

The American Furniture Manufacturers Association offers these tips on shopping for safe furniture.

General: Furniture surfaces should be smooth and free of splinters.

Bunk beds: Not recommended for children under 6. Make sure the top bunk has guardrails and that the ladder is sturdy and secure.

Upholstery: Check for a gold UFAC tag that ensures that the fabric is flame-retardant.

—Bookcases: Be careful not to overload shelves. Secure the top of the unit to the wall to prevent tipping over.

Toy chest: Be sure lids have safety latches to keep protect tiny fingers.

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