Category Archives: Child Safety

Where Can I Sign Up My Child for Swimming Lessons in Jacksonville, Florida?

Summer is just around the corner and for millions of Americans that means it is the season for fun in the sun. The day light hours are longer, so there is much more time for children to play out by the swimming pool. As such, the importance of swimming lessons for water safety cannot be overstated especially in Florida; everyone and especially children should learn how to swim. Sadly, however, this is not the case. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between one and 19. In addition, toddlers and … Continue reading

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Beach and Swimming Safety Can Save Lives – Tips for Parents and Other Child Care Providers

Many families like to spend their weekends and free time at the beach. Unfortunately, a fun day at the beach can quickly turn into a nightmare for Jacksonville parents. From the burning hot sun and jellyfish stings to the deadly rip currents, the beach can be a scary place. However, most of these lurking dangers can be avoided if parents know what to look out for. Chris Brewster, president of the United States Lifesaving Association, says that “swimming and water activities are very healthy so long as you use appropriate caution for yourself and your family when you visit the … Continue reading

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City of Jacksonville, Florida Pools Closed Due to Drain Recall – Safety of Children and Other Swimmers Should Be Placed First

The City of Jacksonville (Florida) closed 33 of its public pools after a warning about potentially deadly drain covers given by a government agency. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of about one million pools and spa drain covers last Thursday because they “could pose a possible entrapment risk to swimmers and bathers.” City spokesman Ben Bennymon said that all of the pools will remain closed until their drain covers are inspected and if needed, replaced. Pool drains contain up to 500 pounds of vacuum force and can cause severe personal injuries, especially to young children. Often … Continue reading

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Funeral and Memorial Celebrate Life of Jearicka Mack – Teen Struck Down by Bullet Outside a Party in Gainesville Florida

The life of North Central Florida teenager Jearicka Mack, also known to friends and family as Pooh, was honored Saturday at a Church on Newberry Road in Gainesville, Florida. Jearicka, 15, was shot and killed outside a party in early May. The police have arrested a 17-year-old with gang ties in the case. Jearicka grew up in Gainesville, Florida. She was most recently living with a sister in Trenton and attending Trenton High School. The funeral was held at Westside Baptist Church and was chosen because it could accommodate a large crowd, which was estimated at 700. Jearicka was driven … Continue reading

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Dangers of North Florida Summer Heat – Don’t Leave Children, Elderly or Pets in Vehicle

Summer heat is now here in Florida including North Florida (Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, and Fernandina Beach) in full force even though it is still only the month of May. It was recently reported that the Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded to a situation where a 1 year old child was left in a hot car outside of a local government building. The child was locked in a car with temperature outside exceeding 90 degrees. Fire fighters broke through the window to get the child out of the car. Some estimate that the temperature inside of a vehicle can be … Continue reading

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Alabama Teens Riding in Back of Pick Up Truck Die in Fatal Accident in Florida’s Panhandle

Two Alabama teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were killed in a car crash while riding unrestrained in the back of a pickup truck bed. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon in Baker, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The victims were Evan Carpenter and Michael Levi Neal from Red Level, Alabama. Riding in the back of a pickup truck bed remains a troubling and preventable cause of fatalities and serious injuries. Because there are no seat belts or restraints in the bed of a truck, both children and adults can easily be thrown out from the truck even at low speeds. … Continue reading

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Public Safety Officials in New Smyrna Beach Show Dangers of Drinking and Driving During Demonstration

As part of a plan to raise awareness to high school students about the dangers of drunk driving, especially during Prom, New Smyrna Beach High School has a biannual mock drunk driving class, performed in front of the study body by their peers. Recently, New Smyrna Beach High School students performed a scenario on 10th Street that involved two couples driving to prom. One of the males had been drinking and crashed his car head-on into the other couple’s car. Although the drunk driver suffered only minor personal injuries his girlfriend died at the scene. One of the passengers in … Continue reading

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Two Children Injured in Bounce House – Legal Rights of Injured Children and Legal Responsibilities of Bounce House Owner / Operator

In Arizona, Floria and other States, children enjoy playing in bounce houses and jumping castles. Unfortunately, on some occasions, children suffer serious personal injuries while jumping in or just occupying a bounce house. Recently, in Arizona, two children were personally injured while playing in a jump house. Apparently, a dust devil lifted the jump house about 15 feet in the air, blowing it across three lanes of traffic and slamming it back onto the ground. Two children, a boy and a girl, were jumping in the play house when the incident occurred. Both were transported to a local area hospital … Continue reading

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Getting Message Out About Dangers of Texting While Driving

The popular comic strip Zits has partnered up with AAA and plans to produce a strip that addresses the dangers of texting while driving. The strip will appear in more than 1,600 newspapers. Personal experience and distracted drivers inspired the comic’s creators, Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman. Scott said that the children of today have a Pavlovian-response to the bells, alerts, and alarms set off by cell phones. The character Jeremy will be used in this strip’s theme, AAA has used the character before in previous materials to address other issues regarding teen driving. According to research conducted by the … Continue reading

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University of Central Florida (UCF) Sorority Sisters (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Accuse Fraternity (Delta Upsilon) of Misconduct on Trip to Downtown Orlando Nightclub

Police at the University of Central Florida are investigating allegations that members of a fraternity spike the drinks of unsuspecting women with roofies. UCF’s Office of Student Conduct and the UCF Police Department will conduct reviews of the incident. The reviews or investigations by local law enforcement and the University are welcomed by the suspected fraternity, which denied the allegations. The controversy stems from an event that occurred on February 10, when the Delta Upsilon fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority took a bus to a downtown Orlando nightclub. Three unnamed sorority members gave written statements that alleged members of … Continue reading

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