water safety

Austin
4:27 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Three Things Parents Can Do to Increase Pool Safety

Tareka Wheeler of Safe Kids Austin, and Dell Children’s Dr. Pat Crocker spoke about the importance of water safety.
Chip Skambis

The Dell Children’s Medical Center dealt with five drowning incidents last weekend, including one confirmed fatality. Doctors say the incidents serve as a powerful reminder of the need for water safety, especially for children.

“Having been in the ER now for almost 32 years, watching the parents and feeling and sharing their pain, I can say these events are just tragic—and, for the most part, preventable,” Dell Children’s chief of emergency medicine Dr. Pat Crocker says.

Crocker noted three steps parents could take to prevent drowning incidents. One is simply keeping an eye on their kids in the pool, because most children don’t have a chance to make any noise before going under.

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AM Update
7:54 am
Fri June 8, 2012

AM Update: EPA May Approve Clean Air Plan, Free Life Jackets, New Disc Golf Course

Texas power plants face new air quality controls; LCRA promotes water safety with life jacket giveaway; New disc golf course opens Saturday.
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EPA Hints at Approval of TCEQ Air Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  has signaled it will likely approve changes to the state’s clean air plan.

A revised plan from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality establishes site-wide emission caps with specific monitoring at units for existing major sources of air pollution. The EPA said the proposal gives the industry more flexibility in day-to-day operations.

The agency will seek public comment on the approval for 30 days before it makes a final decision. You can read more over at StateImpact Texas.

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Health
1:58 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

State Issues Warning After Two Infants Drown In Bathtubs

Two bathtub drownings within a 12 hour period have prompted state officials to warn parents not to leave young children unattended by water.
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Two Texas infants died in bathtubs within a 12 hour period yesterday, prompting state officials to remind parents never to leave small children alone around any container of water.

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