dresserTwo sisters were killed in Pennsylvania after the toddlers were crushed by the weight of a heavy dresser that fell on them. Brooklyn Beatty, 2, and her sister Ryely Bailey, 3, both died of "asphyxiation due to compression of the chest," according to the coroner.

Investigators aren't sure what happened, but suspect that the toddlers may have been climbing on open dresser drawers when it tipped over on them.

It's a heartbreaking tragedy, but one that's an important reminder for us all.

While it seems like a little toddler couldn't overturn a heavy piece of furniture, that's sadly not the case. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports, that as of 2012, more than 25,000 children are injured every year. Even more tragic, a child dies every 2 weeks when a piece of furniture, an appliance, or a television falls on them. It's an accident that can happen in any home. But it is preventable.

Toddlers like to climb. So when childproofing your nursery and other rooms in your home, it's important to anchor all furniture -- dressers, changing tables, and shelving units -- to the wall, so they won't topple over on your child. Be sure not to place heavy objects on shelves.

Watch this PSA from the CPSC and then head to Home Depot ...


Have you secured your television and other furniture?

 

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