My husband reads the newspaper daily. I confess, I don’t read the news, listen to the news, or watch the news. I try not to even look at the headlines. Ignorance is not bliss, but it helps me sleep at night. Except the other night, after my husband who was reading the paper described every parent’s worst nightmare. He told me they found the body of another child, who had been missing in Virginia, in a septic tank (story here). It is another unfortunate story of a lack of simple child safety.
The story is heart-wrenchingly familiar. Apparently the little guy had been playing in the yard around his house and disappeared. The police, his family, the entire community was searching for him. Days later, they found his little body in a septic tank.
I don’t know all of the details of little Noah Thomas’s story. As a mother of three small children, I really don’t want to. But, I do want to say again: EVERYONE PLEASE CHECK YOUR SEPTIC TANK COVERS!
Child Safety Should Be A Part of Montana Life
Living in rural Montana (really, what part of the Big Sky state is not rural?) we all need to be aware of where our septic accesses are and how they are covered. Many people are just unaware of this child safety issue. If your septic tank lid is made of a plastic/fiberglass riser and covered with a lightweight fiberglass lid, YOU SIMPLY MUST INSTALL A KID-CATCHER. Take a look at these products: here, here, or here.
I can’t remember if I said this in my last post on this topic or not, but years ago we discovered that our little community of Evergreen alone replaces dozens of fiberglass septic tank lids every year and hundreds of bolts.
Hundreds – of – bolts.
In closing argument years ago, Lee said that he felt like he was a man yelling into an empty sky. That is how I feel about this subject. PLEASE WAKE UP! As a simple child safety measure install a kid catcher. Do it for your kids, your grandkids, your friends, and your neighbors. Protect those little ones running, jumping and playing in our back yards.