This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of the things that I really wish I would have had when my first child was born, was a how to guide to parenting. Honestly, I was a little astonished that the nurses let me walk out of the hospital with a brand new baby girl, and trusted that I was competent enough to care for her! I was a nervous wreck for the first few weeks!
Almost 6 years have past since then, and I feel like I have a decent grasp on parenting, but can still use a refresher course on safety cautions. That’s why I have spent several months learning and sharing about this topic that is really important to me.
One of the ways I have been learning about safety cautions around children is through the Make Safe Happen initiative, which was created by Nationwide. This important initiative was created to spread awareness on four critical safety risks that are particularly important to pay attention to when there are children in the house.
Four Critical Safety Risks at Home
- Furniture and TV Tip-overs
A few months ago, I shared a post on the 5 toxic products to put on your watchlist and another post that included a child safety checklist. Since it is now the middle of July, I want to talk about another critical safety risk that is particularly important this time of year: drowning.
Water safety is crucial, especially with smaller children. Almost 800 children drown each year, with 2/3rd of the drownings happening between May and August. Raising awareness of the potential dangers of drowning is so important, and can hopefully reduce the number tragic drownings.
Make Safe Happen has put out 3 recommendations that parents and caretakers can keep in mind to keep children safe around water this summer.
Water Safety Tips
- Active Supervision – I am guilty of getting distracted by my phone, but one of the most important things parents can do is put their phones down and stay focused on their children while playing near or in the water.
- Reduce Risks – By taking some precautious, like emptying kiddie pools and tubs immediately after use, install fences around swimming areas and giving swimming lessons to children, you can reduce risks of drowning.
- Be Prepared – Learn First Aid and CPR, learn the signs of drowning, and always have a phone nearby in case you need to call 911.
I live in an apartment complex with 2 pools, and enjoy taking my kids to swim! I am practicing these tips every time I take my kids to the pool. I also make a habit of emptying the bath when they are done, and shutting the toilet lid after every use, because I have a toddler in the house.
I have also downloaded the Make Safe Happen App to give me more safety tips and keep me up to date on safety information.
Do you have any water safety tips to share? Please share them in the comments!
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