Simple devices like the kitchen stove anti-tip bracket can save your child and yourself from serious injuries and sometimes even death.
A Kitchen stove anti-tip bracket is a single or two piece device, supplied by the stove manufacturer that must be installed at the base / behind the stove. It prevents the stove from tipping over or tilting while somebody applies pressure to the open oven door.
Since 1991, after “voluntary safety standards” have been developed by UL (Underwriter Laboratories) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute), gas and electric stove installers are required to install provided by the manufacturer anti-tip brackets. Also, kitchen stove must remain stable when 250 pounds of pressure is applied to the open oven door for five minutes.
Based on CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) reports, there were 143 incidents over the 27 year period (1.1.1980 – 12.31.2006) that involved kitchen range tip-over. 33 fatalities (part of those 143 incidents) involved 19 children, and all 33 deaths were caused by the victim being trapped under the range that fell on them.
As inspectors, we see this problem daily. We want to make sure that our Clients understand the danger that installing this simple bracket can prevent.