by Laura Sussely-Pope
Last week, two-year-old Rihana Bralic Leonard of Surrey, managed to get onto the balcony of her family's ninth floor apartment, climbed out onto the ledge and tragically fell to her death.
This is a parent's worst nightmare and one of those moments that changes life irrevocably.
Rihana was set to be the flower girl for her mom and stepfather in a matter of days. She was excited about the dress, the flowers and the whole day! But unfortunately, she'll never make it down the aisle.
These types of stories can be cautionary tales for us to take a good look at the childproofing we have and could require.
Sadly, this is not an uncommon scenario, especially during the summer months when we tend to leave our windows and sliding doors open.
Children fall out of second story and higher windows when they accidentally or purposely push on window screens. Many fall of balconies, get pushed off during play or climb the ledges to see what's below.
Personally, I have a special needs child who, like many toddlers, has no real sense of danger. I choose not to have second story balconies and add safety bars to second floor windows that would do Fort Knox proud.
Although the police are investigating, this was nothing but a tragic accident. However, one can only imagine how guilty the little girl's parents must feel and the what if's they'll be entertaining for some time.
The couple has postponed their wedding so that they can deal with their grief. We pray that they can eventually find some comfort in knowing that this incident will likely save other lives as parents reinforce their home safety measures as a result of their tragic loss.
What kind of safety measures do you have in place in your home?
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