Try as they might, our government agencies cannot 'protect' us from everything!!!
Case in point: We got a phone call from Stacy wednesday night. They were at the hospital with Emily. She had stuck a rock up her nose at daycare...again!
They were unable to get it out in the ER that night and the ENT doctor had them come into his office the next day. He had tools there that were not available in the ER and he was able to get both rocks out of her nose right away. Yes, there were 2 of them! Emily had done this before late last summer when the kids were playing outside at day care. I asked how in the world she got hold of any rocks to do it again! It seems that the state mandate says that the daycare must use that small chat-like rock in any area outside that the kids may fall into. So there is an area that parents have to walk through to get inside, that is full of that rock. Some of it sticks to their shoes,etc. and is carried inside. Before the daycare personnel could clean up the area [lots of parents were coming in and out for their kids], Emily decided to put the rocks she found up her nose. How do you explain to an 18 mo. old that you just don't DO that?
I guess the state has to weigh all the possibilities and choose the one that has the least likelihood of happening against the one that may cause more trauma--or something like that. In this case, if there was a hard surface and a child fell, there might be a potential for a concussion. You can't use sand, or mulch, in these areas because they could harbor disease bacteria from animals that might go through the area. Hence, my statement: It is impossible for our government agencies to factor out all the danger we might face. We are the ones who must make up the difference, by being aware and vigilant. Then we must realize that no matter how hard we try........ we can't prevent everything, either!