LOCAL COUPLE CAMPAIGNS FOR SUMMERTIME CHILD SAFETY
St. Lucie County, Florida… Memorial Weekend kicks off the start of summer. With kids out of school and into the water, the risk of injury or death by drowning increases. In an effort to create a greater public awareness of child safety, two local residents and local law enforcement agencies are, once again, distributing educational posters throughout the Treasure Coast.
Don and Amy Kryak are co- founders of the public service campaign, NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED ®. The educational crusade began in 1993 in the wake of 3 drownings and 5 near drownings that year.
“Supervision of kids is extremely important. You can’t risk leaving children unattended and unsupervised anywhere near water- not even for a second” Parents and caregivers cannot rely solely on pool alarms, fences or floatation devices. There is no substitution for direct supervision. “As an added danger, the 2004 hurricanes destroyed many screened pool enclosures and exposed the allure of the swimming pools”, stated Amy Kryak.
Don Kryak, co-founder of NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED ® is also quick to point out that the campaign does not only apply to drownings alone. Hot Florida summers bring an increased risk of children being left unattended in cars. “ Children left unattended in cars is not only unsafe but it’s illegal, “Stated Don Kryak, a Captain with the Port St. Lucie Police Department. “Leaving kids in a car, alone is dangerous and can result in heat stroke or death not to mention the opportunities for abductions.
“The Kryaks also warn that family outings and parties can offer a false sense of security to parents who may assume that someone else is watching the kids. If your children are near water, they are in danger of drowning; even the best of swimmers can get into trouble. The Bottom line is to watch your kids at all times. Supervision is the only true way to prevent drowning. And while on summer vacation, the Kryaks urge families to check hotel balconies and pools. If you have small children that can fit through balcony railings asked to be moved to a room without a balcony. Kids should also be familiarized with hotel pool depths and other water risks that may be overlooked.
For more information on the NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED ® campaign or to obtain free posters, contact Captain Don Kryak at 772-871-5043
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Through the next few days, Local law enforcement will be distributing posters on the Treasure Coast. To arrange a photo opportunity or interview please call Captain Kryak at the Port St. Lucie Police Department 772-871-5043