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If you’re reading this, you’re probably well aware of the IKEA furniture recall. However, as mentioned in my previous blog, “What Everyone Should Know About the IKEA Furniture Recall,” the safety considerations and implications are not specific to IKEA brand furniture, or to furniture itself. Below are steps individuals can take to ensure that their furniture, and any heavy objects for that matter, are securely fastened to the wall.

Tip Over Restraint Kits

For the IKEA furniture recall, a colleague of mine mentioned that she voluntarily participated in the recall by requesting several safety kits from IKEA. I asked if I could examine the Secure It Safety Kits she received. The furniture models you own will determine which kits to request. My colleague received Kits R1 and R2.

Each IKEA kit includes instructions and diagrams for three kinds of wall materials:

  • Drywall or plaster with available wood stud wood-stud_opt

 

 

  • drywall-no-studDrywall without available wood stud

 

 

  • masonry_optMasonry

 

 

Page 2 of the safety kit’s instructions manual further illustrates four necessary tools for the job: a Phillips head screwdriver, cordless drill, 5/8” (8 mm) drill bit, and a 1/8” (3 mm) drill bit.

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If you ask us, the fifth item should be a Zircon stud finder!

Considerations Before Fastening

Fastening your heavy object to a wood stud with a screw is ideal. However, if your dresser needs to be fastened to the wall and there is no wood stud, you can either move the dresser a few inches to where a stud is or you can use a drywall anchor to fasten into the hollow wall.

Having a Zircon stud finder will help you determine which fastener to use by determining whether a stud is present or not.

To fasten your heavy object to concrete or masonry walls, and to avoid rebar and other metal such as electrical conduit that may be embedded in your wall, you’ll need a Zircon tool with Metal Scan mode.

The IKEA safety kit instructions mention that if you have any questions, customers should consult their local hardware store. Fortunately, almost every hardware store and home improvement center in the U.S. can also explain the benefits of a Zircon stud finder and recommend the model that’s right for you.

If you need assistance during your fastening project or have questions related to which model is right for you, please don’t procrastinate! Call our Zircon Tool Pro experts at 1-800-245-9265, Mon – Fri, 8AM – 5PM PST. Take Chairman Kaye’s advice, please act immediately!

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“Every two weeks a child in the U.S. is killed in a tip-over related incident involving furniture or TVs,” states the June 28, 2016 Press Statement from Chairman Elliot F. Kaye of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). “Think about that. Every two weeks. And in that time hundreds more are injured, often seriously. These are tragic numbers.”

Six children have lost their lives after an IKEA chest or dresser tipped over and on to them. “To protect young children in millions of American homes, CPSC and IKEA are announcing today a joint recall of 29 million of these IKEA chests and dressers. If you have, or think you have, one of these products, act immediately. It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unsecured, especially if you have young children.”

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The CPSC adds that this furniture is safe, however, when securely anchored to a wall. Owners of the recalled furniture can either:

  • return it for a refund
  • request a free Secure It Safety Kit from IKEA, or
  • call IKEA to arrange for a free in-home installation of the anchor.

But just because you may not have any IKEA furniture doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. This hazard is much more widespread than the IKEA furniture recall. Regardless of whether you own IKEA furniture or have young kids, securely fastening heavy objects to the walls in your home is something everyone should do and as soon as possible!

Look around and evaluate the potential hazards in your home. What else could tip over if a child climbs on it or in the event of an earthquake or hurricane? Is your flat screen TV mounting bracket properly fastened to the wall? What about the entertainment center? Do you have tall bookshelves? Are your mirrors and artwork hanging from a flimsy wire or are they safely fastened to the wall? Is your hot water heater securely fastened to a stud?

Adults and pets are also prone to injury when heavy objects tip over or fall. The CPSC is looking into potential hazards related to other furniture brands as well.

Now that we’ve covered the reasons why you need to fasten your furniture and heavy objects to the wall, make sure to visit the blog, “The IKEA Furniture Recall – What’s Next?” to learn the next steps.

Take Chairman Kaye’s advice, please act immediately!  If you have stud finding questions, please call our Zircon Tool Pro experts at 1-800-245-9265, Mon – Fri, 8AM – 5PM PST.

References:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/About-CPSC/Chairman/Kaye-Biography/Chairman-Kayes-Statements/Statements/Press-Statement-from-US-Consumer-Product-Safety-Commission-Chairman-Elliot-F-Kaye-Regarding-the-Recall-of-29-Million-Chests-and-Dressers-Sold-By-IKEA/