Before I became a parent, I remember sending my nephew a shiny red fire engine as a present. The fire engine had great play value with doors that opened and closed, as well as a set of hoses that could be rolled out and retracted. In addition, the toy emitted an ear-splitting siren that was extremely close to the real thing.
Does your budding baseball catcher use heat-resistant gear? Do your football player’s shoulder pads wick away sweat to help control body temperature? Will gel pads in gloves ease the sting to your softball player’s hand? Do your junior athletes wear face shields made from titanium and stainless steel, and goggles tested for their specific sport?
‘No big deal,’ you think - ‘so what if my child doesn’t want to wear his helmet. He can go for a bike ride without it just this once.’ Or you get caught up in conversation at a pool party instead of keeping an eye on your toddler. It’s no surprise that accidents happen, even when we’re trying to be careful. But because we’re outside more and the days are longer, summer can be an especially dangerous time.
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