Brother rescued after unsecured dresser falls on set of twin boys in Utah
A 2-year-old boy in Utah was caught on a nanny cam saving his twin brother by pushing a fallen dresser off him in an accident that many say is easily prevented.
The video shows the Shoff toddlers climbing on open drawers before the dresser tips over, pinning one boy to the ground. The boy cries and struggles before his brother is able to push the dresser off him.
The boys' mother, Kayli Shoff, tells KUTV-TV that she didn't hear the dresser falling and only saw what happened after watching the video.
"We didn't hear a cry. We didn't hear a big thud, so we just woke up, looked at the camera...So we didn't know if it had landed on them."
Matt Mazauskis, owner of the Kids Bedroom Gallery in Howell, tells News 12 New Jersey that these accidents can be prevented. He says that most upright furnishings are now sold with fasteners to secure them to the wall. Fasteners can also be purchased online.
"When a child exerts pressure on the top drawer or the second drawer is when the balance is going to shift toward the child. And this is going to prevent that from happening," he says.
Some furniture is now also being made with concrete weights to prevent tipping.
The twin boys were not seriously injured during the incident. The Shoff family says they shared the video in order to get the word out to better secure furniture around children.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.