Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the PreK12 Plaza. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
There is nothing more important to me during this time of year than SAFETY!! Of course, I practice safety in all that I do because I am a mother and a teacher, but water safety holds a tender spot in my heart, and I will tell you why. With the playful laughter of children echoing in the air during pool parties and recreational activities, ensuring a secure environment becomes paramount. That’s why I’ve been exploring innovative solutions like “Wet Pour Surfaces” to create safer spaces around water, providing an extra layer of protection for the ones we hold dear.
When I was younger and we moved from our apartment in Brooklyn, NY to our lavish first family home, my dad had an underground pool placed in our backyard. I knew how to swim without taking any formal lessons because of my summer trips to Puerto Rico and I also knew CPR because I was already certified with CPR Training in Kitchener at the age of 18. Did I ever think that I would have to use it? NO WAY! But one summer, I sure enough had to and yes, I saved a life!
I will spare you the details that rocked me to the core but I will tell you that from that day forward, I have always been on alert near water. The statistics amaze me when The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides us with the following data based on drownings and the target age. After that day, I was referred to as “Titi CJ” (referring to the lifeguard from Baywatch) and I wore the title proudly. Did we know this accident was going to happen? NO! Did we mean for it to happen? No! Could it have been prevented? ABSOLUTELY!
Here’s how to keep yourself and your kids safe in and around the water:
- Never leave children unattended with other children or with adults who can’t swim.
- Always wear life vests or protective gear in and around the water.
- Speak to children about the depth of the pool and to not go to the deep end unattended.
- Have children learn to signal to you verbally or with their hands when they need help.
- Be CPR certified just in case.
That day changed me forever. I am always vigilant and on high alert at our home pool and even (especially!) at water parks. Wherever I go where there is water I am alert and always have my guard up. What many don’t realize is that children can drown in the least bit of water. This matter is taken too lightly and it just scares me. After personally experiencing dragging a child out of my parents’ six foot deep pool and performing CPR to give him life again, I am simply not the same. I never want to have to do it again, but if I had to, I would in a heartbeat! Had we followed those