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A child's environment should allow for exploration, experiences and learning; however, it must be safe too. Accidents are the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14, and the leading cause of disability in children older than 1 year of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control,

This publication presents information about the selection and evaluation of children's furniture for safety features. Use the following checklist when evaluating potential new or used children's furniture purchases, donated items or existing furnishings for children.