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Water Safety: Drowning is fast and SILENT

Are you prepared for water activities this summer?

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The Texas Department of Family & Protective Services tracks fatal drownings of children, age 17 and younger, in Texas. In 2017 there were at least 80 fatal drownings.  So far in 2018 there have been 19 fatal drownings and multiple non-fatal drownings. 

Drowning is preventable!  Child Care Licensing recommends assigning an adult Water Guardian whose only responsibility is to watch children who are in, near, or around water.

The role of an adult Water Guardian differs from that of a lifeguard. The Water Guardian’s role is to watch and PREVENT emergencies. A lifeguard is trained to rescue in the event of an emergency.

Wearing a Colin’s Hope Water Guardian badge serves as a physical reminder that you are on duty. If the assigned adult Water Guardian needs a break, the responsibility of watching the children must be assumed by another adult Water Guardian by passing on the Water Guardian badge.

Please review the Water Guardian information for enhanced water supervision. Take the Water Guardian Pledge today. Request your Water Guardian Badges here.

 

Water Safety Training

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Will children in your care participate in water activities this year? Below you will find links to water safety training that we encourage providers to participate in. Don't forget to plan for learning opportunities for the children in your care with water safety education for your children!

Caregiver Training

Introducing Water Safety to Young Children

 

Water Safety Tips

Select each topic below to link to life saving, drowning prevention information.

 

Visual Supervision

 

Learn to Swim

 

Wear Life Jackets

 

Barriers Around Water

 

Keep Your Home Safer

 

Check Water Sources First

 

Practice Drain Safety

 

Open water (RCCL only)

 

Learn CPR

For additional resources regarding water safety, please contact Colin's Hope.

Additional resources from Day Care Division: MSC@hhsc.state.tx.us

Additional resources from Residential Child Care Division:

rcclstan@hhsc.state.tx.us

News

Transportation Safety: Look Before You Lock

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The inside of a car can get hot – even after only a few minutes.  A child can overheat quickly, leading to heat stroke, which can cause serious brain damage and death. Though many states have laws about keeping children in cars safe, caregivers play the most important role in preventing hot car deaths. The majority of hot car deaths occur when a child was unknowingly left in a vehicle or entered into the vehicle on their own.

Child Care Licensing would like to remind you:

  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle.
  • Walk and check the inside of the vehicle, both in and under each seat.
  • Have a second person check the vehicle.
  • Have a visual reminder such as a sticker, keychain, or hangtag that helps you do the walkthrough.
  • Complete a name to face attendance when unloading from the vehicle.
  • Always lock the vehicle and put the keys out of reach of children.
  • Use reminders that a child is in the vehicle. Leave something you need in the back seat, like your shoe or phone or leave a stuffed animal or toy in the front seat to then place in the car seat after the child is removed from the car.
  • Talk to children about the dangers of playing around cars and watch them closely when they’re around cars.
  • If you ever see a child left alone in a vehicle, call 9-1-1 right away.

Please review the following resources and share your staff and  families. This is an avoidable tragedy!

ItsThatSerious.org

Protecting Children From Extreme Heat: Information for Parents

NoHeatStroke.org

SaferCar.gov/Heatstroke

HelpandHope.org

If you need additional resources or assistance please reach out to your local licensing office. Have a safe and healthy summer!