A home video in which twin toddlers tip over a dresser, temporarily trapping one underneath, illustrates the dangers of furniture tip-overs. (The photo above is from the video.) The incident is a cautionary tale of why large pieces of furniture should be anchored to the wall, especially when small children are around. Neither twin was seriously injured in the accident.

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The Utah twins, Bowdy and Brock Shoff, 2½ years old, were climbing on the open dresser drawers when the furniture toppled over, pinning Brock. Bowdy was able to free his brother, as shown in the nanny-cam-captured video, which the twins' father, Ricky Shoff, later posted on Facebook. “I’ve been a little hesitant to post this,” he wrote, “but I feel it’s not only to bring awareness, but it is also incredible.”

Similar incidents don't always end as happily. In the U.S., a child dies every two weeks from furniture, a TV, or an appliance falling on him or her, and more than 25,000 kids are injured each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The incident involving the twins was typical: Many of the accidents occur when children climb on furniture in a bedroom or living room. Eighty percent of the incidents involve children from 1 to 5 years old.

Last year Ikea recalled 29 million chests and dressers after the deaths of six children and injuries to 36 more. The company later agreed to pay $50 million to parents of three toddlers who were crushed to death by the dressers. After those incidents, Consumer Reports and other safety groups reiterated their support for the CPSC’s Anchor It! campaign, which encourages parents to stabilize furniture, televisions, and appliances.

Here are the agency’s tips for keeping your home safe:

How to Safely Anchor Furniture

  • Buy and install low-cost anchoring devices to prevent TVs, dressers, bookcases, or other furniture from tipping.
  • Avoid leaving items, such as remote controls and toys, in places where kids might be tempted to climb up to reach for them.
  • Store heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
  • Place TVs on a sturdy, low base and push them as far back as possible, particularly if anchoring is not possible.
  • If purchasing a new TV, consider recycling older ones if they're not being used. If you move the older TV to another room, be sure it is anchored properly to the wall.

To see how to properly anchor your furniture or other items, go to the Anchor It! website, which features several how-to videos. When buying new furniture or appliances, ask whether anchors are included. If not, you can find low-cost anchors at most hardware and home improvement stores.

Keeping Kids Safe From Furniture Tip-Overs

A danger might be lurking right in your home. On the 'Consumer 101' TV show, Consumer Reports' expert Peter Anzalone explains to show host Jack Rico what consumers need to know about furniture tip-overs.