We all want to keep our kids safe. Since my daughter’s near-drowning several years ago, I’ve become really aware of just how fragile life can be. Keeping my kids safe is my top priority and to do that, I first have to understand what the risks are. Did you know that every year kids are injured or killed by corded blinds? Many parents don’t realize they are a danger until it is too late.
No one ever things they will experience a disaster. For those of us who have been there, I’m so glad the American Red Cross is there to help. This month they are having a 24 hour fundraising event designed to help raise funds to support disaster relief work, with a focus on helping families after disasters, big and small.
We hear of disasters all the time, but very few of us expect to ever experience one first hand.
I know I didn’t.
That’s why, when I first saw smoke starting to form in the distance through my my family room window, I didn’t think much of it. I had bigger things to worry about. I was very busy being parked on my couch, pregnant with twins and on bedrest.
I saw the smoke, but I put it in the back of my mind.
Are you looking for survival swimming lessons in Utah? SwimKids Utah is doing amazing work teaching young kids to swim and be safe in the water.
After trying months and months of lessons at a local recreation center without having any luck getting my daughter swimming, SwimKids had her swimming within 4 lessons.
Now, 4 weeks in, she’s swimming across the pool on her own and we are all breathing a bit easier when we visit the pool.
Water safety is a HUGE concern for my family as we move into summer, and I know it is in yours too. After my toddler’s near-drowning accident a few years ago, we know just how quickly an accident can happen.
Do you have the right products to help keep your toddler safe in the water this summer and help teach swimming skills that could save your child’s life?
I learned a few things from our close call with my daughter:
Water accidents can happen to “good” parents.
They can happen when you are “watching”.
They can happen so unbelievably fast.
One thing that was very, VERY clear to me after my daughter recovered from her accident was that it’s never too early to start teaching swimming skills.
My daughter had been wearing a life jacket until moments before her accident. The life jacket she was used to wearing was an infant life jacket with full head flotation.
Do you know what is wrong with most child life jackets?
My oldest is a teenager now and he’s all over the place. He carries a phone but I worry about someone being able to contact me if he was unable to communicate. Each year over 450,000 people are taken to hospitals unconscious and without ID.
I hate thinking that he would ever be in that situation but after losing a family member in a car accident and experiencing the delay that happens when emergency personal don’t know who to contact right away, it’s a concern.
That’s where Road ID comes in.