In January, a father, Ricky Shoff, posted to social media a nanny video of his 2 ½ year-old son rescuing his twin brother when an unsecure dresser fell over on him. The father said, “At first he was hesitant to post the video, but after a while he felt it was more important to bring awareness to other parents of the dangers of not securing the furniture to the wall.”
Soon after that post, they appeared on other new networks, (CNN, ABC, NBC, and even YouTube to name a few) to show the nanny cam video of their young son being pinned down by the dresser. It was their hope, that by going onto the different news networks, they could reach more parents and express the importance of bolting down and safely securing their child’s furniture. After watching that story, it reminded me of a time in my own family.
My 3-year-old nephew was in the kitchen playing with his toy car. He was zipping it across the floor and crashing into everything. So, my sister and I moved into the dining area just 2 feet away to chat, while he played. Most of the kitchen was visible, except a small portion that was just around the corner. Luckily, he was easily detectable by the crashing sounds he was making. Then, he got quiet, so my sister and I walked into the kitchen. We saw that he had opened all four drawers to the cabinet and used them as a stepping ladder. He had climbed up and was sitting on the countertop eating cookies. Luckily that cabinet was bolted into the wall, but I know firsthand how those parents felt. Because even for us, it was scary seeing him up there, so close to the stove.
Jackie and I thought we would let a few months go by, and then repost Kayli and Ricky Shoff’s important message on our blog, so they can reach as many parents as possible with their story.