It Happened to Me: My Daughter Almost Strangled Herself with a Belt
October 3, 2011
I had a huge scare yesterday. My 2-year old daughter was helping me sort through some of my clothes—we were in full-on cleaning mode—when I left her to get something out of closet. I came back in less than a minute only to find her with one of my tie belts wrapped tightly around her neck.
It looked like she was trying to get it off, but instead of making it looser, she was making it tighter. Luckily I was able to remove it before she got seriously hurt, but it still left a mark. Other than that, she was fine, but I was so freaked out about the whole thing, I think she picked up on my vibe and freaked out a little too.
All I could think of was Mike Tyson’s 4-year old daughter who died after accidentally strangling herself on a treadmill cord when no on was looking. What if I didn’t come back in time? How could I be so careless?
It was a big kick in the butt reminder that pretty much anything can be a safety hazard, especially when it gets in the wrong hands. It’s not just your outlets or stove tops you need to protect your little kids from. It’s the seemingly harmless things, like my little red belt, that you need to keep an eye on, too.
We took the rest of the day off—no more cleaning after that, although I did start taking inventory on all the potential dangers in my house that still have to be addressed. First on the to-do list? I have some bookshelves that need to be anchored to the wall.
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