Summer Camp Tragedies – Are Camp Counselors To Blame?

Summer Camp Tragedies – Are Camp Counselors To Blame?

Every year there are reports of children that do not make the journey home after summer camp. The majority of deaths are from drowning, which should not be a surprise. According to the Center for Disease Control, drowning is the 2nd largest killer of children ages 1-14, averaging 2 deaths per day for children in this age group. Summer camps often include swimming activities, which always can have a risk of drowning. Children dying at summer camp June 15, 2012, a four-year old boy drowns in a swimming pool while at a summer camp outing in Continue reading

How To Protect Guests From Drowning In Your Swimming Pool

How To Protect Guests From Drowning In Your Swimming Pool

Having a swimming pool at your home is a great way to relax and exercise right in your backyard. It may even be one of the main reasons you bought that particular home in the first place. Unfortunately, swimming pools can be hazardous without the proper precautions, especially to your visiting guests. Kids are the most likely drowning victims Although you and your family may be well educated in pool safety, many others are not. Deaths by drowning, especially in children, happen much too often, an average of 10 per day in the U.S. A child Continue reading

Child’s Death At Day Care Demonstrates Need For Tighter Regulations

Tragedy has stunned a Chicagoland community after a two-year-old girl at a home-based day care drowned when she managed to gain access to a swimming pool at the home.  The child was one of 10 children (7 children from outside the home and 3 of her own) the caregiver was looking after at her home in Aurora, IL. Just months ago, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) conducted an allegation of neglect at the same operation, and while the neglect allegation was not substantiated--- the owner of the facility was cited for Continue reading

Boating Safety: Prevention Of Childhood Injuries While Boating, Tubing & Swimming

Boating, tubing, and other water sports and activities can provide fun and enjoyment for families when the weather is warm.    However, these pleasurable activities can also be dangerous for young children, resulting in injury or even death.    Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard, injuries and property damages related to boating accidents can not be ignored:  In 2009, there were 4,370 boating accidents causing 3,358 injuries and 736 deaths and $36 million in damages to property. 86% of boating accident deaths involved boat Continue reading

As The Swimming Pool Season Winds Down, We Must Remain Dilligent Supervising Children

As a life-long swimmer (age-group, high school, college and masters), the sight of a swimming pool has been a calming source in my life-- both from an athletic and recreational point of view. Perhaps because swimming has been such an important part of my life, I was really moved by some of the news stories regarding the increased dangers facing minorities around swimming pools. Drowning risk for children is very real When I read a Chicago Tribune article, “What looks like playing might be drowning”, I was reminded of the safety Continue reading