One parenting safety rule that many parents don’t think about or discount is the need to anchor kids’ furniture to the wall so that it won’t tip over on them. This is a situation I myself faced once, however I was in the room with my child and caught the dresser before it could hurt him. He wasn’t even climbing on it, it was a total FLUKE—and proved to me that these accidents CAN happen!
A video monitor in the bedroom of two-yer-old Utah twins Brock and Bowdy Shoff shows once again how easily disaster can strike when a child’s bedroom furniture is not securely anchored. As you can see in the video above, Brock and Bowdy were playing in their room when they tried to climb up on their dresser, which immediately fell over and pinned Brock.
I have to admit, I could barely breathe during the 45 seconds or so that Bowdy walked calmly around the dresser, trying to figure out how to free his twin brother Brock. Miraculously, this tiny toddler was eventually able to push the dresser OFF of his twin and Brock wiggled free from under its weight. Honestly, I had to watch it twice to take it in!!
After the incident, the twins father the boys’ father, Ricky Shoff, wrote on Facebook acknowledging the miracle, and the need for parents to take safety precautions with their kids’ furniture. “We are so grateful for the bond that these twin brothers share. We know Bowdy was not alone in moving the dresser off of Brock. And feel blessed that he is ok. Please make sure all your dressers are bolted and secured to the wall.”