I’m the first to admit I’m a Nervous Nellie about very specific things. While I don’t sweat my toddler eating old Cheerios off the floor, I am overly cautious when holding her hand near traffic or in the proximity to any kind of water. I can’t control everything, of course, but I have panic dreams about those stories you read about accidents happening in the blink of an eye.
Some of my worst nightmares, however, involve accidents in seemingly safe situations. And that’s why my heart goes out to the family of a 3-year-old little boy in Illinois who died falling off the Python Pit roller coaster this weekend at the Go Bananas amusement park.
While the child apparently met the height requirements to get on the ride in the first place, he got underneath the safety bar and fell out while the coaster was moving. He was seated next to his twin brother.
I’m not sure I would have let kids so little ride a roller coaster in the first place, or at least without an adult with them, but apparently there was nothing wrong with the two boys being on there together.
And there was a near-miss tragedy involving a bounce house this weekend, too.
In Arizona, a boy and girl were seriously hurt after strong wind called a dust devil ( in which a column of air can rotate up to 60 mph) lifted the bounce house they were playing in off the ground and across three lanes of traffic before depositing it on a median. While the injuries sustained by the kids were serious, they are not life threatening, thankfully.
Earlier this year in the same vicinity, a gust of wind lifted another bounce house off the ground, causing a 10-year-old girl to sustain a head injury.
My daughter was at a birthday party yesterday where she played in a bounce house for two consecutive hours. While the party and bounce house were indoors, my heart goes out to the parents in these situations who don’t think they’re placing their kids at any kind of risk and yet tragedy strikes regardless.
It’s all you can do to protect your kids against the known dangers in life. The fear of the unknown can be paralyzing when you read stories like these.
Source: Fox News
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