I Don't Wonder "If", I Wonder "When"...
A few days ago, someone asked me how I feel about delivering the same safety messages time after time, month after month, year after year. He had seen me on the news the previous night as I talked about water safety, which ironically aired at the same time yet another child drowned.
Without hesitation, I found myself giving him a 2-part response:
- After almost 4 years of doing this, I don't wonder "if", I wonder "when"... a child will be killed in a car crash, drown during a pool party, be left in a hot car, suffer a head injury... or think of another injury, and fill in the blank yourself.
- If just one person listens to me each time I do an interview or presentation, and really takes my advice to heart, then I can feel a small glimmer of hope and success.
In this line of work, we dream of a day when no children
suffer from preventable injuries. Until that day comes, my team of health educators and I will do whatever we can to increase awareness of child safety issues, but we can't do it alone. We really need parents, extended family and members of the community to assist us in our mission... we need YOU!
Since car crashes are the leading cause of death and disability for children, learning about how to keep kids safe in a car would be a great place to start.
If you missed my webinar last month, please take some time to view it now... and then share what you have learned with your family, your friends and your neighbors. Together, we can make a difference!
[flowplayer src='/sites/default/files/blog/2011-05-19-Car_Seat_Safety_Keeping_Your_Kids_Safe_While_Driving.flv' width=525 height=350]