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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