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Brandon Bass

I’m a big guy. At six foot eight, it’s hard to believe that there is much of anything that scares me. What’s more, I’m an athlete. My entire life, I’ve been taught to put myself out there and take chances on the court. When I joined the NBA in 2005, I took the skills that I developed in college to the next level. Playing on the professional level you can’t allow yourself to be intimidated by other players or the pressure of the cheering crowds.

Yet, just because I’m fearless on the court doesn’t mean that I’m fearless in my everyday life. In fact, even something fun and seemingly harmless like a swimming pool can scare me. The truth is—I never learned to swim as a child. I may be able to score a career playoff high of 27 points for the Boston Celtics, but if you threw me into the ocean, I’d drown.

Winter snowflakes mean it is time for winter safety percautions

As a kid growing up in Massachusetts, I remember a lot of cold winters and snowy days. But this is one of the coldest winters I can remember in my adult life.

Forever Valentine Drawing

The decision to have a child . . . is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body - Elizabeth Stone

The first time I read this quote I was a brand new mom, and I’m not sure I fully understood just how true it was.

Injured teen illustrates the need for concussion safety

Did you see all the news about concussions leading up to the Super Bowl? It’s got everyone talking, from doctors to professional athletes. Even Snoop Dog is weighing in. So in case you missed it, we put together the most intriguing articles all in one place. Check out the articles that interest you the most, and pass this list on to the coaches, parents and young athletes in your life.

Recycle your TV to keep your kids safe

On April 3, 2012, shortly after dinner, a beautiful, curious 2-year-old little girl named Chance was playing around in her house. While running back and forth between bedrooms, she yelled to her mom, "I love you, mama." Her mom, Keisha, replied, "I love you too, Chance."

Chinese volunteer teaches kids about walking safe

Safe Kids implements a 10-country program called Walk This Way, which works around the world to make communities safer for children to walk. It’s hard to believe that there are places in the world where simply walking to school is not safe for children. But we know we can change this reality for children and families.

Keep your kids safe in the kitchen from burns

When my oldest son, Terrell, was 2 years old, he was quite the little terror – I mean angel. Like many kids, he was super busy and got into everything. One day he gave me a scare when he climbed a stool by the counter in our kitchen and grabbed my mug of hot tea. I’m talking right out the kettle, super-hot tea.

Chinese volunteer teaches kids about walking safe

Safe Kids and the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA)® are teaming up to raise awareness about the risks of unsecured TVs tipping over in the home and to educate parents about the simple things they can do to keep their kids safe. Sadly, every three weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. And every 45 minutes a child is injured.

Baby properly secured in a high chair

Many parents assume the high chair they use for their child during meal time is safe.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Our new research shows that every day in the U.S., an average of 24 children are treated in an emergency department for an injury related to either a high chair or chair booster seat – that is one child every hour.   

Rider wearing proper snow mobile safety gear

I love the snow, and even when it falls after the holidays, it still makes me think of one of my favorite holiday songs.

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Family in front of fireplace. It is important to proect against fires during the winter.

There’s lots of great ways to enjoy the winter. Sledding, ice skating, and the chance to wear big puffy coats and heavy boots.  Of course, there’s also winter weather to consider and so far, we’ve seen it all: cold, wind, snow, and some sunny days too.

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