Safavieh Furniture Tip Over Prevention Initiative
A tip restraint is required for all furniture with extendable elements such as drawers, and general storage units over 25 inches. The required tip restraint for these Safavieh furniture items has been included with your product. We also encourage all Safavieh customers to reach our Client Services department to receive a free restraint if by chance you didn’t receive one with your purchase.
The safe use and function of our products is as important to us as is the pleasing aesthetic we strive to bring to homes across the U.S. and abroad. Customer safety is deeply ingrained in Safavieh corporate culture. This is best demonstrated in the rigorous testing process that is applied to all of our products; tests that exceed the methods and standards of federal requirements.
Recent industry data has shown that furniture tip-over incidents pose an entrapment hazard to young children, particularly children 6 years old and younger. These studies have also cited infant fatalities as evidence of the hazard posed by not properly securing certain furniture items with a tip prevention device.
We feel that it is our duty and obligation to advise our customers and the general public of the potential hazard posed by certain unrestrained furniture items, and to implore everyone to use tip restraints on any pieces of furniture with extendable element and any general storage items over 25 inches in height.
If you’re not sure if a particular piece of furniture needs a tip restraint think safety first: When in doubt, anchor it!
California Proposition 65
A small amount of wood dust, nickel, PVC or other elements on furniture and household items might seem trivial to many. The state of California, however, has taken the issue of ingredients in consumer products to a whole new level with its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, known as “Proposition 65.”
Originally, the proposition was intended to protect drinking water sources from chemical contamination. Over the years, however, the scope of the law has exploded. As the Los Angeles Times wrote recently, “Warnings (about Proposition 65) are everywhere: parking lots, hardware stores, hospitals and just about any decent-sized business.”
Proposition 65 requires warning labels on products that may contain any of 800-plus chemicals or ingredients that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) lists as a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant. These include wood dust, nickel, acrylamide (a bi-product of coffee bean roasting process) and a multitude of other everyday elements.
Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 are common everyday additives found in products such as jewelry, lamps, ceramic tableware, coffee, lead crystal glasses, electric cords, beauty products and furniture.
Because there is always a chance that wood dust or some other of the hundreds of ingredients listed in Proposition 65 could potentially be on our furniture or packing materials, we must include Proposition 65 warnings on our products or risk large fines under this law in California. In addition, we are required to use the exact wording for this warning specified by California: “This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of California Prop 65 substance (E.G. Wood Dust)], which is known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/furniture.”
Ideally, we would have placed these Safavieh warnings only on our furniture products being shipped to California. However, Safavieh Furniture, like most US based distributor’s, does not have the ability to select inventory based on the point of sale. Thus, we have no alternative except to place these warnings on all of our furniture, regardless of the point of sale originates from California or not. The safety of our customers is deeply engrained in our corporate culture. We want to assure you of our 105-year commitment to offering among the highest quality and safest products in the industry.
Most importantly, we promise to also honor the trust you have placed in us with your purchase or possible purchase of our products. We will honor your trust by offering furniture of enduring quality, lasting beauty and uncompromising safety to you and your family.
Safavieh Furniture wants to keep you informed with our commitment to making the best quality and compliant furniture.