If you only think about the weather when the National Weather Service sends a warning, you may be thinking about it too late. Small craft advisories are issued for different conditions depending on your location. [...]
I received a copy of a powerful letter sent to members of the Texas State Senate and Governor Rick Perry. The Letter is from a reader whose grandson drowned last year. Shortly after his death, she discovered that her state is one of the few that have no residential pool safety laws regarding access, and she is on a mission: Her letter is posted here so that other Texas residents can send it in, along with their support, joining Kim in her request that Texas enact legislation to better protect its children from drowning. _________________________ A Plea to Lawmakers: My name is Kim Southerland Jacinto and I was a grandmother. I’m not anymore. Last year my two-year-old grandson, Bryan, wandered next door – through an unlocked front gate – and into the neighbor’s pool. After a desperate search he was found too late; the 93rd childhood drowning victim in Texas in 2009. It was August. There would be 20 more. Going through the obvious grief and pain of a loss so dear, my family is doing its best to move on. But your grandchildren are supposed to bury you, so it has been hard to get past it all. Grief being what it is, and a grandmother’s love being what it is – I’ve been working hard to figure it out and more than that, actually do something. I know you are very busy, but please bear with me through the hard things I’ve learned over the year since Bryan’s death: Drowning is the leading cause of death for Children under six years old in Texas. For every child that dies from drowning, another four are hospitalized for aquatic injury – some never fully recover. In 2009, the 113 childhood drownings were a state record; eclipsing the average of 70. 2010 is on track to break the record again. Residential pools and spas account for over half those deaths. The State of Texas has no laws governing access control of residential swimming pools. […]
As the hurricane approaches the East Coast - many parents will be hit with the question, "Surf's up! Can I go?" It's a tough question to say no to. The boy loves surfing and because you live where you do, waves like he sees in surfing magazines don't exist in his world. That's because so many Eastern beaches have to wait for hurricane force winds to drive in enough swell for truly righteous waves. But before you look into your kid's excited eyes and say something silly like, "O.K., but be careful." consider applying a risk practice professionals often use to make decisions about what is a good idea, and what isn't.