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Injury Prevention Important!

shutterstock_30418717It is an OUTRAGE! Safety measures, injury prevention and using some smarts could save so many young/innocent lives…what am i talking about: Dummy parents who refuse to respect water and life! Here in Florida…i’ve heard so many super-sad-stories of beautiful-fragile-life drowning because of a lapse in supervision, etc…Just overheard another incident/tragedy and i’m ANGRY.

Okay, not out-of-control angry…just VERY upset by stupidity and senselessness. (Thus–the inspiration for this post.) Yeah, we make mistakes as parents, (and my heart breaks for any parent who has lost their child in death:(

But, can’t we be more vigilant when it comes to our kids’ safety?! Parents must protect their kids. Parents must respect life. Parents must respect water. Parents must respect time. Parents must WAKE-UP/PAY ATTENTION before kids drown…Until our kid(s) are grown, our job as a parent is: LIFE GUARD! (not just talking water)

Scope of the Problem       

Florida loses more children ages 1–4 to drowning than any other state. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their fifth birthday.

Florida overwhelmingly has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for the 1–4 year old age group with a rate of 6.98 per 100,000 population (Oklahoma was second for this age group with a rate of 5.04) for 2007–2009.

Alaska, Hawaii, and Florida have the highest overall unintentional drowning rates in the nation between 2007–2009, with rates of 3.53, 2.90, and 2.09 per 100,000 population, respectively. The soaring rate for the 1–4 year old age group drives up Florida’s overall rate, so if we can impact the 1–4 year old rate, we can also make an impact on Florida’s overall rate.

Sun, surf and sand…sand, sun and surf…baby powder sand of Siesta Key Beach is 1 of my all time favorite beaches…had the privilege/experience of living close by (Gulf Gate)…Hubby and i would pop over in the evenings (when the sun wasn’t so strong) with the babies/toddlers…and i remember one of our first times at the beach (after relocating from Massachusetts to Sarasota)…word was spreading around the beach that a 12 year old drowned (at Siesta)…i was SHOCKED…12 years old?..we had babies at the time…

For YEARS Hubby and i would bring the kids to the beach in life jackets…seriously!! And i can tell ya…didn’t see too many if any other kids in life jackets. Even when our kids could swim, we kept jackets on them at the beach and in friends’ pools…4 young kids hyper and fast–running and playing at the beach…VIGILANCE saves lives! …we chose NOT to live in a home with a pool down here in Fl…the danger was too great for our kids and our mental/emotional could never rest/sleep…we knew, our kids would find a way to get to the pool when we would least expect it…(We have been made in fun of as parents for making our kids wear life-jackets at the beach and at friends’ pool parties…but guess what? Hubby and i don’t care about the jokes, laughter, criticisms…our kids were/are safe and are still living!:)

Now that they are older/better swimmers…we actually let them walk on the beach without life-jackets on…BUT i could never NOT be on guard when at the beach with kids. Exposed to horrific stories of babies, toddlers, kids and teens drowning here in Florida…my heart breaks every time!:(

How many lives lost does it take for people to RESPECT WATER…RESPECT LIFE and How FRAGILE it is???

515.29 Residential swimming pool barrier requirements.—

(1) A residential swimming pool barrier must have all of the following characteristics:

(a) The barrier must be at least 4 feet high on the outside.
(b) The barrier may not have any gaps, openings, indentations, protrusions, or structural components that could allow a young child to crawl under, squeeze through, or climb over the barrier.
(c) The barrier must be placed around the perimeter of the pool and must be separate from any fence, wall, or other enclosure surrounding the yard unless the fence, wall, or other enclosure or portion thereof is situated on the perimeter of the pool, is being used as part of the barrier, and meets the barrier requirements of this section.
(d) The barrier must be placed sufficiently away from the water’s edge to prevent a young child or medically frail elderly person who may have managed to penetrate the barrier from immediately falling into the water.
(2) The structure of an aboveground swimming pool may be used as its barrier or the barrier for such a pool may be mounted on top of its structure; however, such structure or separately mounted barrier must meet all barrier requirements of this section. In addition, any ladder or steps that are the means of access to an aboveground pool must be capable of being secured, locked, or removed to prevent access or must be surrounded by a barrier that meets the requirements of this section.
(3) Gates that provide access to swimming pools must open outward away from the pool and be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching locking device, the release mechanism of which must be located on the pool side of the gate and so placed that it cannot be reached by a young child over the top or through any opening or gap.
(4) A wall of a dwelling may serve as part of the barrier if it does not contain any door or window that opens to provide access to the swimming pool.
(5) A barrier may not be located in a way that allows any permanent structure, equipment, or similar object to be used for climbing the barrier. ~2012 Florida Statutes


Some SAFETY tips:

  • Teach them how to swim.
  • Restrict access to water and teach them to respect it.
  • Learn Resuscitation.
  • Use Life Jackets.

i like this Wise Proverb:

“Has presumptuousness come? Then dishonor will come; but wisdom is with the modest ones.” (Proverbs 11:2)

In order to be safe and stay safe and prevent injury, we must know our limitations and be modest…we cannot presume our kids are safe in water IF we are not watching them and haven’t taught them to respect it. If we as parents have not learned our own limitations…how can we teach our kids any?! That’s (partly) why i believe in on-going adult (compassion & other) education..i don’t want my kids to pay for my stupidity!…

(Don’t forget: Vigilance required when little ones: babies/toddlers are in the tub.)

EnJOY the beach and the water and swimming…but Be Safe. Be Smart. Guard Life!🙂

Learning our limitations is tough. It doesn’t have to be deadly!



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Injury Prevention Important!

Joan Winifred

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Winifred, J. (2013). Injury Prevention Important!. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 23, 2019, from


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