A 13 year old Canadian boy recently became entrapped in a top loading washing machine, after seeking out shelter in the appliance during an innocent game of Hide-and-Seek.
Prior to calling for emergency assistance, the boys grandmother tried to free him, to no avail, by adding liquid detergent to the washer.
According to CBC News, it took Calgary firefighters about 30 minutes to free the youngster and required the partial dis-assembly of the washing machine.
The boy was freed without injury.
This story illustrates that parents and other caregivers need to teach their children, from a young age, that the laundry room is off limits for playing. The incident also highlights, that the dangers are not just limited to babies and toddlers—even older children can become endangered by laundry room hazards.