A Colorado couple is urging other parents to check the child safety settings of their washing machines after rescuing their 3-year-old daughter from the water-filled washer while it was running.
Lindsey and Allan McIver, of Conifer, Colorado, said they were woken up early on the morning of July 10 by the tears of their 4-year-old son.
“He was crying so hard I couldn’t understand the words he was saying,” Lindsey said. “It was then that the realization hit. He had said, ‘Khloe inside the washer.’”
So they found out that their 3-year-old daughter Kloe was trapped inside the appliance, and the machine had started to run. When they sprinted down to the laundry room in the basement, the couple saw their child tumbling inside the drum.
McIvers quickly managed to stop the cycle and get Kloe out. Aside from small bumps and bruises, she was okay. “After going through all the ‘what if’s’ and ‘could have’s we know we are very blessed,” Lindsey wrote in the viral post.
The mom almost didn’t publicly share their terrifying ordeal knowing that other people would shame her for the honest mistake, but she decided to reveal what happened knowing that she — and many other parents — didn’t realize the potential danger.
Her advice: Kids should never be in laundry rooms unsupervised, and parents should take advantage of the child lock setting. “It’s designed to disable the controls so the machine can’t be started and some even lock the door,” she explains.