Over the past few months, I’ve shared a bit about the Make Safe Happen program. It’s a program dedicated to reducing accidental injury – the leading cause of death of children. Last year, Nationwide launched Make Safe Happen with hopes to give parents and caregivers the tools and resources to make homes safer. As a mom I’ve learned a lot from this program, which is why I wanted to share it with my readers. Today, we’re focusing on water safety.
Summertime in Florida is hot hot hot, most of the time with feels-like temperatures over 100 degrees. You’ll find us at the pool or in the water every chance we get. Pool and beach days are fun with the kids but as a parent, they’re always a little nerve-wracking. I know drowning is the #1 cause of injury–related death in kids under 4 and accidents can easily happen.
Right now, AG is almost 4 and has been in swim lessons for 2 years. She’s comfortable in the water, but a little too comfortable if you ask me. She was swimming with my brother last week, I told him her confidence outweighs her ability. She thinks she’s an expert swimmer, wanting to show off everything she learned with her instructor. But, it’s different when you don’t have said instructor guiding you the whole way. Even though she can swim, I still have her wear her floaties and/or have an adult right there with her. With little man, he has NO FEAR. We were at the beach last week and he walked straight into the water. It was shallow and I was right there with him, but if it were up to him, he’d be free. So I am always on high alert near the water. I never take both kids alone because I just cannot be in two places at once.
Beach fun with Papa
Summer is definitely a time for fun. A time for swimming, s’mores, splash pads, water parks and trips to the beach. It’s time for kids to have fun and memories to be made. The one thing we can’t forget about is being SAFE while all this fun is happening!
Below, I’m sharing important information about the dangers of drowning along with some essential water safety tips.
Get room to room safety checklists with the Make Safe Happen App here.