Albany – Daycare centers must anchor into place heavy furniture that has a risk of falling under a new law signed this morning by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The law is one of three measures signed, with the goal to protect and create a safer environment for infants in New York state. The legislation also requires furniture retailers to sell compatible tip restraint devices for certain furniture and bans the sale of crib bumper pads, which have been blamed for infant death and serious injury.
“As a father,” Cuomo said, “I know full well that you never stop worrying about your child’s safety, no matter how old they are. These measures will help give parents peace of mind.”
The daycare measure, known as “Harper’s Law,” clarifies existing law that retailers must sell new furniture that complies with federal or certain industry standards with respect to tipping risk, unless they offer for sale compatible tip restraint devices and post a notice informing consumers of the risk. The law is named after three-year-old Harper Ayva Fried of Monroe, who died in November 2016 when a dresser in her room tipped over.
The bill goes into effect in middle of November.
The law regarding furniture at daycare centers requires items such as heavy dressers to be anchored in child care centers and other similar facilities across the state
The bill will take effect in February.
The law banning bumper pads for cribs prohibits the sale of certain non-mesh pads and restricts their use in certain facilities and places of public accommodation, unless a medical professional has determined a bumper pad is medically necessary for a particular child.
The bill will take effect in October.