2 Injuries a Day Prompts ACCC Focus on Children’s Furniture Safety

22 deaths and 142 injuries to children under the age of nine were caused by toppling furniture, televisions, or appliances in Australia between 2002 and 2018, according to the Product Safety Australia website.

From 2019 there were 2,795 reported injuries related to furniture and furnishings in Australia, including children’s furniture according to a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

When it comes to selecting furniture for children, it’s vital to make sure that it is safe for use. In Australia, children’s furniture must comply with mandatory safety standards. The Australian/New Zealand Standard ‘AS/NZS 2172:2013 Children’s Household Cots’, specifies the requirements for design, construction, and labelling of a wide scope of children’s furniture.

Toppling Children's Furniture

Key Requirements

The key requirements of these standards mean that furniture:

  • must be designed to be stable and not easily tip over
  • must be made from materials that are safe for children to use
  • must not contain any hazardous substances
  • must be designed to prevent finger entrapment
  • all sharp edges and points must be removed or covered to prevent injury
  • there must be warning labels that provide safety instructions and specify any age restrictions for use.

While all children’s furniture must comply with these requirements, there are specific standards for cots, highchairs, and changing tables. The Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2172:2013 Cots for household use – safety requirements, outlines specific details for cots, including the size and spacing of slats and the height of the mattress base. It should be noted that foldable cots must comply to a different standard: AS/NZS 2195:2010.


The ACCC recommends that parents and caregivers follow safety tips when selecting and using children’s furniture. These tips include:

  • checking for safety recalls before purchasing or using children’s furniture
  • using safety equipment such as safety straps or harnesses on highchairs and changing tables
  • keeping furniture away from hazards such as windows and heaters
  • using furniture that is appropriate for the age and size of the child
  • following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when assembling children’s furniture to ensure it is safe and secure.

In conclusion, it is essential to prioritize safety when selecting and using children’s furniture in Australia. By following the relevant safety standards and recommendations, parents and caregivers can help to ensure that children across Australia remain safe.

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