Category Archives: Child Safety

Baker County Florida Children Hit by Car Walking to Summer School

Two children were struck by a car while walking to summer school in Baker County, Florida. Kristen Connell, 12-years-old, and her younger brother Sean, 11 years-old, were struck by a Ford Focus as they crossed the street of Highway 121. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Tara Nunley was on her way to work at the Department of Corrections. Both the Florida Highway Patrol and Baker County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the accident and have not filed any charges. Both children were critically injured from the pedestrian-automobile accident. Kristen was taken to Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital for evaluation and … Continue reading

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Important Safety Tips for Kids Playing in or Near Water

Wendy Pomerantz, MD, MS, an emergency room physician at Cincinnati Children’s and one of the coordinators for the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center said that it is important for parents to watch their children closely when children are around water. She said that parents must be cautious anytime there is an accessible standing body of water; ‘Children can drown in even the smallest body of water, including toilets, portable pools, decorative fountains, buckets and bath tubs.’ Although drowning rates have decreased steadily over the past 25 years, drowning continues to be the second leading cause of death for children ages one … Continue reading

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Volusia County Health Department – Get Out Message of Pool Safety and Dangers of Drowning

As a result of the seventh area drowning of a child younger than four-years-old, the Volusia County Health Department has started a campaign to spread awareness about pool safety and the dangers of drowning. Alejandro Guzman, two-years-old was found underwater in a hotel pool at the Oceanside Inn, located at: 1909 S. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores. A surveillance video showed that the toddler was underwater for nine minutes before he was noticed. The Volusia County Health Department has recruited the help form local hotels to spread the message that children need to be supervised at all times around water. … Continue reading

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Drowning Reported in Volusia County, Florida Hotel Swimming Pool

Summer is the time of year when many families travel for vacation especially to Florida destinations like Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Unfortunately, safety measures such as pool fences and alarms are not always available to protect children when staying at a vacation home or hotel. In Volusia County a two-year-old child tragically drowned at a hotel swimming pool over the holiday weekend. The child was part of an extended group spending the holiday at the Oceanside Inn in Daytona Beach Shores. According to news reports, the parents were on the beach at the time of the incident, and the … Continue reading

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Summer is Full of Dangers, Injuries, and Death for Children in Florida and the Rest of the Nation

Statistics and current events prove that the idle months of summer pose the highest risk of danger to North Florida children’s safety. Drowning and gun accidents are on the top of the list for fatal threats. Fortunately, both instances are preventable and education is the key. According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida reported the highest number of drownings for children under the age of 5 than any other state in the United States. Recent headlines demonstrate this danger; four children nearly drowned in pools from June 16-21 in Palm Beach County. As such, it is a responsible question … Continue reading

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Dangers of Riding in Back of Pick Up Truck – Florida Law – Accident on I-95 near Palm Bay, Florida

Every year in North Florida, adults and children are involved in crashes while riding in the back of a truck bed. Most commonly these accidents occur in residential areas or school zones but they can occur on highways. Six children and a man were involved in an accident while riding in the back of a pickup truck on I-95 near Palm Bay, Florida. According to officials, the crash occurred south of Grant Road at Mile Marker 167. Lieutenant Jeff Taylor of Brevard County Fire-Rescue said that the truck had some sort of camper on it. The truck was driven by … Continue reading

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ATV Accident and Florida Laws Should Encourage Parents to Rethink ATV Safety and Purchases

Florida families are left concerned after the recent death a 12-year-old boy of Putnam County, Florida; the boy was killed in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) accident. For example, Victoria Hobbs and her husband purchased 2 ATVs to provide their family with what they thought would be hours of fun. Now, after seeing the dangers of ATVs, the family is left disappointed and a little frustrated. Hobbs said they purchased 2 ATVS, a smaller sized ATV for her 12-year-old daughter and a larger sized ATV for her husband. Under Florida law, no one under 16 can operate, ride or be … Continue reading

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Swimming and Water Safety Tips for Florida Residents, Visitors and Children

Drowning is a lead cause of death for children, especially those 14-years-old and younger. According to statistics, more than 800 children 14 and under drown each year. One precaution parents can take to help prevent drownings is to constantly supervise your child, whether at the beach, swimming pool or even a bathroom. Younger children and infants can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Therefore, toilets, bathtubs and buckets are even hazardous. According to Gia Ramsey, Akron Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Specialist, said drowning is the second-highest accidental injury for those between the ages of 5-24; car accidents … Continue reading

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Safety Tips for Swimming Pool Parties and Backyard Cookouts and BBQs

Summer time is here which means it is a popular time for Jacksonville and North Florida families to plan backyard barbecues and pool parties. As such, many people in Florida and nationwide will end up taking unexpected trips to the ER; nearly half of all unintentional child injury related deaths occur in June, July and August. Underwriter Laboratories (UL) is an independent non-profit global safety organization that is urging families to make backyard safety a priority this summer. Following are a few unsettling statistics: -Each summer an estimated 2.7 million children visit the ER due to injuries around the pool … Continue reading

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Florida Swimming Pool Act – What Every Parent and Homeowner Needs to Know

Pool safety is a large concern in Jacksonville, as well as nationwide. Every year, thousands of children die from drowning and many drowning deaths occur in residential swimming pools. As such, it is important to understand the importance of pool safety and the legal requirements to implement it. Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act sets forth the requirements for pool barriers at residential pools. A residential swimming pool barrier must have all the following requirements: the barrier must be at least 4 feet high on the outside; the barrier may not have any gaps or openings that could allow a … Continue reading

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