What you need to know about the Ikea dresser recall

The recall of 29 million Ikea dressers due to deadly tip-over accidents involving children leaves many parents wondering what they should do.

Here are the steps you should take, according to Kitalena Mason, Ikea West Chester marketing specialist:

  1. Check this list to see if you dresser is on it.
  2. Stop using the dresser or put it where a child can’t get to it.
  3. Contact Ikea by phone at 866-856-4532 or email secureit@ikea.com to get a refund, a free anchor kit, or to schedule an Ikea worker to come to your home and anchor the dresser to the wall for you, or to haul the dresser away.

You will get a full refund on dressers purchased after 2002, and a partial refund for purchases prior to 2002. This recall is raising awareness of all types of tip-over accidents involving children.

One child dies every two weeks from a television or furniture tip-over, said Jessica Saunders, director of the child health and wellness center at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

She recommends anchoring all furniture that poses a risk.

“Take five minutes, go through your home, get on your child’s level and see where there might be some temptations for them and make a point to affix these things to the wall,” Saunders said. “This is a good opportunity for parents to take what they see in the news and do something about it in their own home.”

Furniture anchor kits cost about $10 and can be purchased online or at hardware stores.

Summer learning apps for kids

Let’s face it, your child will be playing on a phone or a tablet a lot this summer, so you may as well trick them into learning something.

Many children lose up to two months of math and reading skills over the summer months and there are apps that can help combat this so-called summer slide, according to PBS tech expert Sara Dewitt.

Her top five summer learning apps for kids are Telestory, Sago Mini Road Trip, PBS Kids Games, Toca Tailor Fairy Tales, and Ready Jet Go Space Explorer.

“Using apps is a great way to boost skills, but also inspire kids to go explore other topics on their own throughout the summer,” Dewitt said.

Beavercreek mom Bessie Capristan says she limits screen time for her kids, but apps like these are beneficial.

“I feel like they learn a lot from the different apps. Even my 3-year-old knows how to navigate a phone or tablet,” said Capristan.

Whatever app you choose, experts recommend avoiding those with in-app purchases, and checking privacy policies to see what information is collected before you download.

Rachel Murray is a WHIO-TV consumer reporter. You can watch her reports on News Center 7, follow her on Twitter @RMurrayWHIO, and like her fan page on Facebook.

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