Two Tragedies Remind us All to be Vigilant about Protecting Kids

Tragedies Remind us to Protect Kids blog

Written by former CEO & President, Kate Carr.

Back to back tragedies this week, involving the deaths of at least nine kids, brought the nation’s attention to the important issue of how we protect our kids at home and on the move.

A home fire in Flora, Indiana claimed the lives of four sisters between the ages of 4 and 12. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but we do know that there was one smoke alarm in the building between two apartments.

And three days before the Thanksgiving holiday, a school bus traveling above the speed limit in Tennessee crashed into a tree, causing the death of at least five young children and sending at least 12 more to the hospital.

These tragedies remind all of us about the importance of safety measures that can protect our kids. Let’s continue to be vigilant about having working smoke alarms on every level of our homes and in every sleeping area. Let’s address the national increase in motor fatalities—2015 saw the largest single year increase in 50 years. Let’s demand seat belts in school buses, as only six states require kids to buckle up in school buses.

The loss of any child at any time is a tragedy for a family, a community and, indeed, a nation. Let’s do all we can to protect our next generation.