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Drowning Task Force Aims to Save Lives

Principals, teachers: Summer isn't too far away. Find out about our educational, fun, interactive Safer 3 character elementary school curriculum and assembly.

The Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force, a chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, is introducing an educational, on-line drowning prevention elementary school curriculum that is followed up by a fun, interactive character assembly.

Using the Safer 3 System, our mission is to educate every child, their parents/caregivers, and teachers about the dangers associated with all open bodies of water and how to be prepared and react - Safer Kids, Safer Water, Safer Response. We aim to help put an end to needless child-related drowning or non-fatal drowning events. 

Drowning is Preventable.

Last year Middle Country, William Floyd, and Kings Park elementary schools all took part in our amazing water safety Safer 3 curriculum and character assembly.

To learn more about the program, see our water safety, water SMART informative booklets and vist our website at www.LIDPTF.org. You can also email us at lidptf@optonline.net.

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Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force January 30, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Remember all parents and caregivers need to know that Drowning is a Silent Event ! it is not like you see in the movies, quite often the child's lungs fill with water, they slip under without anyone hearing a thing.
Mels Ditties January 31, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Such a truly frightening subject!...I grew up around an inground pool that was fenced and NEVER EVER EVER left unattended by an adult if we were in/around the pool...the gate was ALWAYS locked by the last adult out of the area... My boys grew up with above ground pools...ALWAYS attended by an adult until the age they could swim/stand up and be taller than water level....we never ever left the pool ladder in the pool..we dragged it out and away from the pool after every time we used it...we never allowed the kids to enter the pool any other way than the ladder & never ever put a chair (or anything pool height level) to the side of the pool....every enter/exit door in my house had eye hooks waaay waaay up high so that "little guys" couldn't open the door without help...and my "where are the kids" radar was always heightened from the day the cover came off, til the day the cover went back on!
Mels Ditties January 31, 2013 at 02:07 PM
We vacationed every year at a cabin on a lake...Since I couldn't control that environment, when the kids were small (sleeping in porta-cribs, but old enough to walk) as soon as they got up in the morning they wore a life jacket (safety device rated) and kept it on until they went to bed or until we drove away in the van for a day excursion...NOT that I believed that they could then be free to wander down to the water (that was a MAJOR "NO!"...but ya know how well curious kids can listen sometimes!) BUT because I figured IF they did get to the water & fall in, the vest would give us a few extra minutes to get them out!... I strongly suggest the "vest method" for those children who are drawn to the pools... We also had the kids in the pool from the time they were infants and taught them to swim almost before they could walk!... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE practice pool safety in your own home & remember neighbors pools can be just as dangerous as one in your own backyard...Keep the kids alive this summer!!!!
Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force January 31, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Excellent post, never can be to vigilant around open water. "Supervision without Distraction "is the most important safety tip. I hope you were able to get to our website www.LIDPTF.org for more great lifesaving info, as well as like our Long Island Drowning Prevention Facebook Page
David D'Agostino January 31, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Important article, thanks.

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