At least there are more details and a better rationale than for the nefarious crib bumpers and the deadly inclined sleepers...
Even so, I think the bigger threat AND THE LEGISLATIVE ELEPHANT 🐘 are the actual assault rifles killing kids while causing normally rational grandparents -like myself 🙃😉- to consider whether or not to purchase bullet resistant jackets -at $500 a pop- for a 6 and 2 year old -who will undoubtedly out grow said jacket.
I swear Gardner, if it comes to that. I am sending you a copy of the invoice. Do something about the damn guns.
This legislation will only make dressers more expensive and eliminate the sale of 2nd hand dressers not up to code. There is current legislation and this new attempt simply muddles the attempts to evaluate and refocus existing criteria in process.
Another point of possible interest, this new legislation does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to mediate the 35% of all accidents which are the result of an unsafe furniture layout. The same percentage as the accidents which occur as a result of manufacturing defect/negligence.
How about we improve education to support an early and comprehensive understanding of simple Physics in K-8 education -similar to how Physics is taught in Finland- In high school, try funding Home Economic courses (with a unit on safe furniture for families). Then make Home Economics a graduation requirement for all students regardless of gender. That way more parents are equipped to decide for THEIR children/families what is safe/healthy/best in all sorts of everyday circumstances.
Instead of ENABLING OUR WELL MEANING BUT CLUELESS LEGISLATORS TO CONTINUE THE ABHORRENT PRACTICE OF DECIDING FOR THE PEOPLE.
And in the meantime, we can subsidize a grant to all the local WIC offices who choose to offer a workshop on consumer friendly child furniture. Then, we are actually helping to keep young children fed, tested for environmental pollutants such as lead, AND PROTECTING “precious innocent children” from falling prey to hazardous unsafe furniture.
We could even offer a consumer seal of safety on furniture which meets the new suggested child safety standards and use a portion of corporate certificate fees to fund safe/affordable furniture for home daycares? Thus helping to eliminate the majority of cases of accidents involving unsafe furniture. WHICH by the way HAPPEN TO OCCUR IN HOME DAYCARES.
If after reading this entire argument against neutering parents from their responsibility as their child’s advocate/protector leaves you unmoved and still desiring the hazy sturdy children’s bedroom furniture guidelines offered in this bill.. please, see chapter 5 and 6 of link for guidance on children’s bedroom furniture from a graduate student who, at least, has the necessary field expertise to grasp the complexity of the industrial design industry and a basic understanding child development. It also has the benefit of being rooted in actual science and uses a professionally acceptable survey method to uncover the actual root of the problem. There are even definitions/criteria.
DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS IN CHILDREN BEDROOM FURNITURE OF PRESCHOOL PERIOD WITH AN ANALYSIS OF TODAY’S TURKISH CHILDREN FURNITURE MARKET