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My heart immediately sank when I saw the headlines this week of a toddler saving his brother who was trapped under a dresser. It was first posted to Facebook and has made the rounds across social media and the news.
The twin boys were climbing on the dresser when it toppled over, trapping one of the boys underneath.
WARNING: This video is 45+ seconds that are incredibly frightening and hard to watch.
It’s so hard to watch.
I was in tears as I watched the boys struggle.
The twins are Bowdy and Brock. Brock is stuck under the dresser that Bowdy has miraculously gotten off of his twin brother.
Both boys are fine and were playing as if nothing happened. The parents reviewed the tape and decided to share the video in an effort to get more parents to avoid their mistakes by anchoring their furniture.
Take those judgy leggings off and save them for another day. Believe me, these parents feel a lot of guilt. They want to share their mistakes and what they’ve gone through so your child is safe.
This can happen to anyone.
You run to the bathroom. You take a shower. Maybe you turn around to tend to your other child.
You think your children are safe and won’t do the thing that keeps you up at night.
But they’re toddlers. And they’re always going to attempt to do the thing that keeps you up at night. They’re going to eat that old Cheerio off the floor and they’re probably going to attempt to get the TV that’s on your dresser.
A campaign called Anchor It! by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aimed towards getting parents to anchor their dressers, TVs, book shelves, and other heavy furniture to walls before the children figure out how to climb on top of it. The percentages on the page are astonishing and scary.
According to the Anchor It! website, a child is sent to the emergency room every 30 minutes due to furniture falling on top of them. That’s a really scary statistic for something so easily preventable.
So true. We also need much more stable furniture on the market ASAP. Our children deserve no less. https://t.co/OOn0BC4DTr
— Elliot F. Kaye (@ElliotKayeCPSC) January 3, 2017
What You Can Do Now To Prevent Furniture Tipping Accidents
- Use sturdy furniture. Replace wobbly furniture!
- Secure your TV to the wall. Even if it’s not a wall mounted TV, purchase a strap like this to mount the TV to the wall to prevent it from accidentally falling on your children. This has an option to anchor it to the furniture. No. Anchor it to the wall.
- Secure heavy furniture with anti-tip brackets. I do this with ALL furniture now. Here are some inexpensive anti-tip brackets for you to start with.
- Remove tempting objects. We removed the TV from on top of our tallest dresser. Yep, it was there at one point, but it’s no longer there and won’t tempt our son to climb the heavy dresser even though it’s anchored to the wall.
- Follow all instructions to secure your TV and furniture properly. Excuse my french, but don’t half ass it.
- Share this post!
- Write your congressman and ask what they are doing to help push legislature through regarding furniture safety.
- Instead of getting your expecting mom friend a cute onesie with a silly saying, get her some furniture straps. Yeah, it’s not cute and it’s scary to think about. It’ll be one less thing for her to think about because you’ve already gifted it to her.
- Distribute materials regarding safety materials.
- Talk about it to friends!
Don’t for a second think something won’t happen to you. We have a rule in our house. We practice safety 100% of the time or else it works 0% of the time. It’s important to be consistent and be proactive. Anchor your furniture before an accident.
Is all of your furniture anchored?