WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Video of a 100-pound dresser falling on a pair of two-year-old twins has gone viral.
The boys’ mother released video captured on a baby monitor as a warning to other parents about the hidden dangers of falling furniture.
While both boys in this case okay, the incident could have had a very different outcome.
Experts like Ronda Lusk of SafeKids Wichita advises parents to get on their children’s level in order to keep them safe. That way you can see any potential dangers you would otherwise miss.
Another big recommendation is to use anchors and mounts to keep your furniture where it belongs.
“So this is a furniture strap that we would use for a bookcase or a dresser or some type of furniture that we could potentially tip over,” says Lusk. “So this will actually screw into the wall and then this will screw onto the furniture and then you can tighten and loosen it to how far you need.”
She also says things like televisions need to be secured or put on the wall.
“If it’s a flat screen and it can be mounted to the piece of furniture, we want to do that,” says Lusk.
She says it’s also important to put heavy things low to the ground. Even if a strap keeps the bookcase against the wall, a child climbing can pull things off the bookcase, and if they’re heavy, that can hurt your child.
One Kansas City organization hoping to keep TV and furniture tip overs from becoming a tragedy is Charlie’s House. It was started after two-year-old Charlie Horn was killed in November 2007 when he tried to climb a 30″ dresser in his home.
The organization now offers safety tips to parents to help keep their homes safe – including this video below which shows parents how to safely secure furniture around the home.