Many free standing appliances, especially ranges/ovens, are set in place, plugged in and forgotten about. Since 1991, appliance companies furnish special tip-over brackets to prevent injuries, but many brackets never get installed. From 1980 through 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of 38 fatalities associated with range tip-overs. Twenty (or 53 percent) of these range tip-over fatalities involved children aged one year to five years old. From January 1, 1980 through December 31, 2006, the CPSC is aware of 84 injuries. The majority of injuries, regardless of age, were burns suffered when hot liquids spilled from the pots or pans that tipped when the range tilted. I am aware of this exact accident occurring within my family and luckily without serious injury.
The tip-over brackets are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and are included in all installation kits. A unit that is not equipped with these devices may tip over if enough weight is applied to its open door, such as that from a large Thanksgiving turkey, or even a small child. A falling range can crush, scald, or burn anyone caught beneath. You can confirm the presence of anti-tip brackets through the following method: