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This week's Ask the Expert column helps parents find the right balance between safety and fun on the playground.
A day to take action to keep kids safe
Everything you need to know about a misleading term that takes the focus off real water dangers.
You may have seen postings on social media about “dry drowning,” stories about kids who seemed perfectly fine after getting out of a pool, ocean or lake and then, suddenly, as much as a day later, end up with breathing difficulties and die.
It’s terrifying – but the fact is that this kind of sudden “dry drowning” with no prior symptoms just doesn’t occur.
Railroad Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Only cross railroad tracks at a designated crossing. Designated crossings are marked by a sign, lights or a gate.
- Look both ways before crossing railroad tracks.
Recognition Highlights Vital Contributions Crossing Guards Make Every Day to Keep Kids Safe
Grand Forks, ND – Bob Rost, a crossing guard known for his dedication to safety, was named America’s Favorite Crossing Guard today by Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx in a morning assembly in front of students, parents, faculty and elected officials at J Nelson Kelly Elementary School in Grand Forks, ND. Rost, when not volunteering as a crossing guard, is the sheriff of Grand Forks.
Q. I’m really excited for our family vacation to the beach this summer. I have two teenagers – a 13-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter. Both are good, safe swimmers, who I trust in our backyard pool. Does that mean they should be fine in the ocean as well?
It’s great your kids are confident swimmers at home. While that experience is a good start at the ocean (or in other places like lakes), there are some important differences that you and your kids will want to talk about before everyone hits the beach.
Just Because Children Can Swim in a Pool Doesn’t Mean They’re Safe in Lakes, Rivers and Oceans
Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2018) – As summer swimming season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend, Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program are releasing a new report highlighting the danger of childhood drowning, with a specific focus on incidents that occur in lakes, rivers, oceans and other types of open water.
Key findings of the research include:
These essential tips will help keep kids safe when swimming in lakes, rivers, oceans and other open water.
Safe Kids and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen explore the dangers of childhood drowning in lakes, rivers, oceans, ponds and other open water. Check out our new report, Hidden Hazards: An Exploration of Open Water Drowning and Risks for Children.