When Home Becomes A Trap: Two Year Old Saves Twin From Being Trapped In Underneath Dresser. How Can You Make Your Home Safe?

The home is meant to be the safest place for any child, but that is not the case these days. 

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Did you know that an average of 3.4 million children are victims of domestic accidents annually, and that about 2,300 children younger than 15 die of injuries sustained in such accidents?

Perhaps what is more shocking is that the CDC reports that 12,000 children within the age range of 1-9 years die of accidental injuries yearly.

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Bowdy is not just another 2-year-old

A video posted on YouTube showed Bowdy and Brock Shoff playing and exploring their environment, like any other pair of toddlers, when every parent's worst nightmare happened: One of them got trapped without an adult nearby to help.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The twin brothers, aged two, were climbing an empty dresser in their room when it toppled over and landed on Brock, trapping him. 

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Bowdy was visibly confused as he paced the room, looking for a solution to the problem while Brock kept struggling.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After about one minute, he managed to push the dresser of his brother, who was obviously shaken and in tears.

The surveillance camera in their room captured the video, and the accident had not yielded much noise so the parents, Kayli and Ricky, were unaware of what had transpired until they saw the recording.

At first, they were hesitant about posting the video, fearing backlash, but they eventually did to warn other parents about the dangers of not securing furniture properly to the wall.

Luckily, Brock escaped without as much as a bruise. Bowdy is a hero, but not every family has a Bowdy available. So, how can such accidents be prevented?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How to child-proof your home

1. Mount your TV;

2. Candles and matches should always be out of reach. Your baby could choke on wax if ingested, and never assume their motor skills are not developed enough to light a match;

3. Always keep small toys away. It is best not to give your baby small toys at all because they  can be swallowed and result in chocking;

4. Don't keep a glass table in a room where your toddler hangs out;

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5. Install safety guards around the staircase and the balcony;

6. Keep plastic bags away from children;

7. Always lock tools away when not in use;

8. Ensure you have working smoke alarms;

9. Never leave your child without some form of supervision;

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10. As your child grows, educate them about safety

Our kids are the future of tomorrow. It is our duty as parents to keep them as safe as can be. It starts by making the home safe. Protect your kids!  

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