Mommy Monday: Anchoring furniture – WSET

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. (WSET) – It’s the video that stopped parents in their tracks.

Two year old twins Bodie and Brock pulled a dresser over — one of them pinned underneath and it was all caught on camera.

Their mom released the video — to remind parents of the danger of unanchored furniture.

Alvin Rucker’s been there with his own daughter.

“Aisha was I think about 4 or 5 years old. She climbed up on it and the dresser fell on top of her,” Rucker said. “It scared me.”

IKEA, the maker of the dresser who issued a recall last year, is reminding you that the best way to prevent a tip over is to anchor products to the wall.

“Most of it comes with the furniture but people don’t use it,” Rucker said.

Rucker, who is also a Lowe’s employee, said you can use these four pieces of hardware: two eyebolts, a hook, ferrule and stop kit and cable.

Screw the eyebolts into a stud on the wall — about 16 inches apart.

Secure the cable to the eyebolts using the ferrule and stop kit.

Screw the hook into the wall in the middle of the dresser and secure the wire in the hook.

It’s an easy fix, for less than $5.

“I tell you what, it is a small price to pay for your children,” Rucker said.

Again, it’s important to stress that you use the kit that comes with your furniture to anchor it.

But there are other alternatives available at the local hardware store.


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