Monday, February 9, 2015

Make Safe Happen

In my opinion, Super Bowl 2015 had some of best commercials compared to Super Bowls of previous years. 
My personal favorite was the Doritos-airplane commercial. 
I nearly peed my pants laughing. 
Adam's favorite was the country draft.  


But there was one very controversial commercial, 
aired by Nationwide. 
My facebook feed blew up with angry parents horrified at such an insensitive commercial. 
My childless coworkers called it "such a buzz kill" and "so depressing." 


If you didn't see it, take a look. 





I definitely teared up. 

On their website (see link here), 
Nationwide explained: 

"[...] The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance. We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us—the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited MakeSafeHappen.com, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere"



And we are one family where it DID make a difference. 
After the commercial, Adam and I looked at each other and said, 
"We REALLY need to install those safety straps." 


We have had TV straps in our house for over a year but never installed. 
We have IKEA furniture which is among the WORST tipping hazards. 
Plus a Pottery Barn vanity with a marble-top in his bedroom


Aaron is not often alone and unsupervised. 
By his own free will, he generally in the same room as "mama" at all times. 
But every now and then, I'll run to get laundry, 
or get changed, or any number of various household tasks. 
And truthfully, it only takes a split second
Some furniture-deaths CAN be saved by immediate response, 
but some just can't. 


Our other delay reason? 
"Aaron NEVER climbs on the furniture or touches the TV," 
But the truth is... it only takes once. 
The first could be the last. 



So after the commercial, we decided to FINALLY go for it. 
We bought the remaining items we didn't have, 
and this past weekend went for it!




We bought these Safety 1st Straps and these Kidco TV straps. 
It took about an hour and our Dewalt drill, and BAM! 





I feel 1,000 times better. 

Again, as I said, Aaron is rarely alone and unsupervised, 
but just in case, such a lifesaver... literally

1 comment:

  1. Great reminder, so thank you! Speaking of safety, we left the baby gate open at the bottom of the stairs and when I was upstairs changing Clara this weekend, guess who showed up unexpectedly with NO one attending him. I'm not even allowing myself to think about what could have happened... terrifying.

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