Risk

Self Rescue – Falling Through Ice

In 2002, my friend and mentor (and maniac) Dr. Gordon Geisbrecht fell – on purpose – through the ice on a frozen lake. He wanted to demonstrate just how those who fall through the ice can survive and help themselves.  Advice is also given to amateur and professional rescuers.  I ran across the video on […]

Good Guard Bad Guard

By MarioJune 4, 2011 Risk, Water Safety

It’s July and hot outside and you head to the neighborhood pool for the day.  The kids want to swim and you just want to be doing nothing for awhile.  Everyone files through the gate as you scan for an open lounge chair and your friends.  The kids have sunscreen on, you have your book, […]

Children on Boats are Still Children

This morning I received an email from a reader who was struggling with a boating safety question.  She and her husband enjoy the water and and they have two small children and they just couldn’t seem to get together on one issue: How much supervision is enough out there on the water?  She gave me […]

Two is One – One is None

By MarioDecember 13, 2010 Boating Safety, Risk, Survival

My older brother and I have this thing about phone tag.  It takes four calls and three messages (typically laugh-out-loud funny messages) before one of us is not too busy to answer.  So I was really surprised the other day when I called his number and he answered – because the man was definitely too busy. […]

It Doesn’t Have to Be Summer

By MarioNovember 13, 2010 Risk, Water Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission receives reports every year of drownings that occur in water sources (and other liquids) not normally associated with drownings – things found in an around landlocked homes without pools. Understanding that it happens (however rarely) and why and how it happens can be all it takes to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

Surfing the Hurricane

By MarioSeptember 1, 2010 Risk, Water Safety

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.