Pools, lakes and even tubs (for little ones) can provide plenty of fun and relief from the summer heat. But as families take to the water this holiday weekend and beyond, there is reason for extra caution: Almost 800 kids drown each year and two-thirds occur in the summer months (between May and August).
We baby proof our house. We make our kids wear helmets. We keep our kids in car seats long after they've out grown them. We prepare for every possibility. Every possibility except the one that can rock us to the core. The unimaginable. Stranger danger. Only sometimes it's not strangers and kids don't always know they are in danger.
Parents, especially new parents, tend to place a high priority on what can be done to keep their children safe. Safety gates: check. Latches on the lower cabinets: check. Medication up and away: check. Smoke alarms on every level of your home: check. Properly install car seat and buckle up on every ride: check.