Two parents from Utah have learned a valuable lesson after surveillance footage from their kids’ room revealed a rather startling scene.
As reported by CNN, twins Brock and Bowdy Shoff were playing on a dresser in their room when the whole thing began to teeter. Eventually it fell right over and landed on Brock’s head, pinning him to the floor.
Bowdy quickly began trying to push the furniture off his brother to little avail. He subsequently took a few moments to get a good look at the scene before giving the dresser another push – this time successfully.
The boys’ mother Kayli was reportedly sleeping as this all unfolded and didn’t notice anything was wrong until she woke up a short time later, checked the camera and noticed the dresser was tipped over.
Luckily, when Kayli and her husband Ricky checked on the boys “there wasn’t a scratch” on either of them.
The couple eventually shared the video online to raise awareness about the need to secure large furniture to protect small children.
“I’ve been a little hesitant to post this,” reads Ricky’s Facebook post. “But I feel it’s not only to bring awareness, but it is also incredible.”
“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 [sic]. Please make sure all your dressers are bolted and secured to the wall.”
In an interview with CNN, Ricky said his house is “very childproof” but the issue of falling furniture had simply never occurred to him or his wife.
The topic of falling furniture has been of major concern as of late.
In 2016, IKEA recalled 29 million dressers after three children were crushed by overturning furniture. The company subsequently faced a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are a number of products available to prevent furniture from falling over on children.
Many, like this one, consist of straps that will ‘catch’ furniture as it begins to tip.