News

At the Pool or the Lake, Be Safe

At the Pool or the Lake, Be Safe

In the last two months, eight children have died in water-related accidents in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, American Red Cross, and Illinois Association of Park Districts are reminding everyone of how long it takes — really, how short it takes — for a child to disappear in the water: Two seconds.

The experts recommend constant supervision of children by parents, and enrolling the children in swimming lessons.

“More than 50 percent of all Americans can’t swim,” said Rick Wright, a Red Cross water safety instructor. “Then, when it comes to parents, parents always think their kids can swim better than they can.”

In most or all cases, DCFS says, the deaths are preventable.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Rauner’s Inauguration Committee Announces Concert Lineup

Fresh
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Country star, blues legend part of the festivities

in Local

US Senator Kirk Sounds Alarm in Wake of Sony “Hack Attack”

Fresh
mark-kirk

May ask Sony executives to appear in Washington DC

in Local

No One Injured in Sunday Shootings, Police Looking for Suspects

gun

No one's in custody yet after a pair of shootings on Springfield's east side Sunday afternoon.

in Local

Mayor Houston Releases Proposed Budget Numbers

municipalcenter

Council to begin discussions next month

in Local

Governor Makes Annual Trip to Visit Wounded Illinois Soldiers

Updated
american flag

Also urges others to donate frequent flier miles