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22 April 2022
You may be aware of the tragic death of a child in Byford late last year, which was caused by toppling furniture.
Consumer Protection is reminding landlords of the dangers of toppling furniture through a public awareness campaign, which includes a powerful film about the risks of toppling furniture.
Consumer Protection is seeking your help to inform your tenants about the risks and how they can take preventive action to keep children safe. Furniture can also be anchored to the wall to protect people with a disability.
Laws supporting children’s safety came into force in October 2019 for tenants who are now allowed to fix furniture to the walls of their rental home and the landlord can only object in limited circumstances.
This change to the tenancy laws aims to prevent injuries and deaths caused by furniture and electronic equipment such as TVs falling on top of young children.
On average, toppling furniture and appliances kill one child a year in Australia and many others suffer injuries, many involving brain damage and broken bones. There have been at least 27 deaths involving toppling furniture and televisions since 2000. Children under the age of five are particularly at risk and suffer the highest proportion of deaths and injuries in Australia. Many more have been admitted to emergency rooms with injuries. These injuries and deaths are largely preventable and your assistance is critical in reducing the likelihood of further incidents occuring.
Please be aware that property owners and/or their agents may face either prosecution or disciplinary action if they do not comply with this law.
Summary of key points for landlords
Please visit our Home safety for rental properties page for information about anchoring furniture.
If you have a query about home safety for rental properties, you can contact Consumer Protection’s Contact Centre on 1300 30 40 54 or email email@example.com.