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Can concentrating on coronavirus kill our kids?

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Earlier this week, I talked about keeping an eye on our teens because of the mental health challenges they’re facing now.

Today, I want to talk about keeping an eye on our youngest children and a lurking danger they are facing during our shelter-in-place plans.

Even though it’s a year-round, year-in-and-year-out danger for kids in Arizona, there’s NEVER been a more important time for us to say that which we can never say enough on KTAR News 92.3 FM: “two seconds is too long.“

It’s our reminder that we bring you, in conjunction with Fulton Homes, that kids plus water is a dangerous equation.

Earlier, I called child drownings a “lurking” danger — but it’s not like water is sneaking around our houses, watching our kids, waiting to pounce.

Nope. The danger comes from adults not watching. And there’s a perfect storm right now for these particular tragedies.

None of us are in our regular routine. If you’re a parent like me, your kids aren’t in school or daycare. For those of us who still have a job, we’re concentrating on keeping that job, focusing on our computers and phones — and losing focus on our kids.

If you’re not a parent but a grandparent or other family member watching kids while mom or dad works, or the only kids you know are neighborhood kids, please consider adding more barriers and taking more precautions.

Even those of us without a pool still have water hazards inside our house – they’re called toilets. And then there are the fountains and forgotten buckets that collect rainwater that are all too tempting for toddlers to not explore.

Some of our worst fears have already come true: twice this week in the Valley, two different two-year-old girls were pulled from pools — barely alive.

If it feels like I’m lecturing you, please know that means I am also lecturing MYSELF. Right now, I have little kids at home — 100% of the time. 

We’ve all heard it on the news: When a tragedy strikes, parents say, “I never thought something like this could happen to us.“

That kind of thinking (or, actually, this lack of thought) can be exactly what leads to tragedy.

A few years ago, I interviewed a Valley mom who lost her son to drowning. She fought through pain so she could help save other children by telling her story. Her husband — that little boy’s dad — was someone who knew all too well about the dangers of child drownings. 

He was a firefighter

My God. We are ALL eligible. 

KTAR News and Fulton Homes want to remind you that two seconds is too long to take your eyes off kids near water. To learn more about this campaign, visit the website

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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