Campaign to alert parents to dangers of leaving kids unattended under way

By Sharon Wernlund
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Saturday, May 20, 2006 – 
A Port St. Lucie couple have launched their annual public service campaign to educate parents about the life-threatening dangers faced by young children when left unsupervised anywhere.

The campaign, "Never Leave A Child Unattended," is deliberately timed to coincide with the approaching Memorial Day weekend and traditional start of summer.

"Child safety is a year-round issue, but with kids out of school the risk of injury or death from being left unattended increases," said Amy Kryak, who co-founded the campaign with her husband, Port St. Lucie police Capt. Don Kryak.

The couple launched the campaign in 1993 after a slew of local drownings and near drownings and have since expanded their message from the swimming pool to the home, hotel room and family car.

The Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County and various police agencies are spreading the message through magnets, postcards and posters. Public service announcements in English and Spanish will also appear in the media. For information, contact Kryak at (772) 871-5043.

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