2011 Peachtree Road Race

Happy 4th of July!!! 

Jonathan and I are headed out to run our second Peachtree Road Race this morning.  Say a prayer for me since I haven't exactly stuck to my training schedule.  Ugh. The important part is making the goal, not keeping it, right?! :)

{Update}  Here's a picture from our 2011 race:

And a couple of pictures from 2010...our very first Peachtree Road Race


Post-race we are heading over to our friends' house for a barbeque and pool party.  Yes, we are hanging out by a pool again today.  But, you better be sure that Brody will have on his arm floaties and swim vest, in addition to having a constant pair of eyes locked on him. 

I'm assuming that many of you will be hanging out by some sort of body of water today too, so I wanted to share this wisdom on water safety that was sent to me from a representative of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta after reading about Brody's pool incident:

Water Wisdom: Constant Supervision is Key

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death of children age 14 and under, taking the lives of nearly 900 children each year. Most occur in swimming pools, but lakes, rivers and oceans can also be dangerous. Children playing in smaller bodies of water, such as wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas and hot tubs should also be supervised.

Children’s is partnering to encourage parents to become "Water Watchers" this summer. Although many parents are nearby when their children are in or around the water, most do not devote 100 percent of their attention to supervising playtime. Recent research by Johnson & Johnson shows that 88 percent of children who drowned were under adult supervision and that parents are overconfident about their children’s safety and abilities around water. Because drowning can occur silently and in a matter of seconds, at least one parent or adult should always be a completely focused "Water Watcher," dedicated to monitoring children playing in the water.

In addition to constant supervision, parents should also keep in mind the following water safety tips:

  1. Practice "touch supervision" by keeping children within reasonable reach at all times. It is especially vital to keep children in baby bath seats and rings within arm's reach. Because drownings often occur silently, "touch supervision" can save lives.
  2. Don’t be over-confident of your child’s swimming abilities, even if they have completed swimming courses.
  3. Be aware of which of your child's friends and neighbors have pools. Make sure your child will be constantly supervised by an adult while visiting.
  4. Tell children never to run, push or jump on others around water.
  5. Eliminate all potential drowning hazards such as empty buckets, large containers and wading pools. Keep toilet lids shut and use toilet locks.
  6. Make sure children swim only in designated safe areas of rivers, lakes and oceans. Outfit children in a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal safety device around oceans, rivers, lakes or when participating in water sports. "Water wings" or inflatable tubes do not replace life jackets. Georgia law requires children under 10 to wear an appropriately sized flotation device when on a boat or personal watercraft.
  7. Install four-sided fencing at least five feet high that completely surrounds all pools, spas, whirlpools and hot tubs to prevent direct access from the house or yard. Make sure the fence has self-closing and self-latching gates.
  8. Keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers by the pool.
  9. Teach children to never dive into a river, lake, ocean or water less than nine feet deep.
  10. Never allow children age 14 and under to operate a personal watercraft.

Happy swimming everyone and please be safe!

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