LONDON (CNN) — Two-year-old Brock Shoff owes his twin brother Bowdy big time. The boys were playing at their home in Orem, Utah, Friday morning when a dresser fell on Brock.
A home surveillance video shows Bowdy trying for almost two minutes to free his brother from under the furniture — eventually succeeding. The boys’ parents posted the video to social media to highlight the importance of securing furniture to make homes childproof, they said.
“We were hesitant to post this video initially,” Ricky Shoff, the boys’ father told CNN, “but a lot of parents have probably made the same mistake that we made, (they) don’t have their furniture secure of bolted to a wall.”
“Our house is very childproof, we are really cautious about all this stuff — so it never really crossed out minds that something like this could happen,” Shoff said.
The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, the Shoffs told CNN. “We didn’t hear anything, we normally hear them throwing their toys, they are super mischievous,” Shoff said.
It wasn’t until the boys’ mother Kayli woke up a short time later and checked a surveillance camera on the boys’ room from she saw the dresser was on the floor.
She went to check on the boys and “there wasn’t a scratch” on either of them, her husband said.
“It’s kind of a miracle. It’s something really special, to see how Bowdy helped Brock.”
Ricky Shoff works for a company that sells home-monitoring systems and has surveillance cameras throughout his house, he said.
The father says the dresser in his boys’ room was manufactured by Ikea. The Swedish furniture company made news last month when it paid $50 million to the families of three boys killed by its Malm line of dressers.
Ikea spokeswoman Mona Astra Liss told CNN that the company is working to confirm whether Ikea made the boys’ dresser.
“This video shows the importance of attaching all chests and dressers to the wall,” she said. “We want to emphasize that the best way to prevent the tip-over of chests of drawers is to anchor products to the wall. IKEA has included restraints with our chests of drawers for decades, and wall attachment is an integral part of the assembly instructions.”
Ikea said in the summer that it was recalling more than 100 lines of dressers, including the Malm. It offered customers refunds or free wall-anchoring kits.
Ricky Shoff was traveling Tuesday and said he could not provide CNN the specific model of dresser that was in Brock and Bowdy’s room.