Help prevent drowning all year around. Know drowning facts, essential water safety rules, and stay overall educated and informed. Drowning Prevention!!
We’ve talked about “The 3 Essential Rules of Water Safety”, which were taught to us through a water safety class hosted by Children’s Medical Center.
According to the help and hope organization, “Twenty two kids have drowned in Texas so far in 2017.” The majority of these drownings have occurred in pools, but some have happened around the home. It only takes a minute for a child to drown.
Back in 2012, I saw a news report in Dallas where a two yr old drowned in a small bucket of water being used by a father to clean his car. Even though the father was only a couple of feet away, it only took a minute before the father realized his daughter was head first in the bucket and dead. That was eye-opening for me, especially at that time having a two yr old myself. My own child was potty training at that time so we child-proofed our toilets seats with lid locks. Toilets are often overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. Drowning can truly happen so quickly. This post contains an affiliate link.
A personal experience, Drowning Prevention:
Several years ago, when my child was just two years old, I had a moment of panic via an incident. I was at a friend’s house for a playdate. My son was playing with her child in the playroom. After several minutes, I went to check on him, and I saw that she had left the bathroom door open and had the toilet seat open. I shut the toilet lid, door to the bathroom and did a more thorough safety sweep check around the playroom. Her child was the same age and also potty training, but it’s easy to understand how a mom wouldn’t think about their child drowning in a toilet.
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Share this post and spread the word about drowning facts. My drowning prevention incident, I did tell my friend that I put the toilet seat down and shut the bathroom door and why. She was grateful for me saying something and she too ended up adding lid locks. What if I hadn’t said anything and then her child had drowned? Sharing basic drowning facts and drowning prevention tips will save lives.