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Web Site takes Child Safety to New Level

Child safety web site Play Date Secure http://www.playdatesecure.com has embarked on a mission to take the guess work out of play dates. The web company, which officially released it’s services to the public late last month, states that it’s program provides answers to questions all parents should be asking before they have another parent care for their child.

“Gone are the days of old-fashioned idealism,” States Co-Founder Steve Lincoln. “We have come to a place in time where having a good feeling about someone caring for our child has become an act of carelessness.”

Just ask Carol Price. On Aug. 20, 1998, Carol Price’s 13-year old son, John, asked to go play with his friend down the street. In the five years that John's friend's parents had been neighbors, she had never thought about the safety of her son playing at their house, so she let him go. He tousled her hair as he always did and said "Thanks mom--I love you." she watched him through the dining room window as he walked down the sidewalk, stopped just short of their neighbor's front door and blew her a kiss.

That was the last time she saw him alive. Twenty minutes later she found the police at her front door. While John watched TV, Phillip, a nine-year-old child in the home, went to an upstairs bedroom, opened a dresser drawer and took out a 9-mm handgun. A few moments later he pulled the trigger. Unaware, John was struck once in the face and died instantly. The neighbors moved out in the middle of the night that day and the Price family has not heard from them since. It turned out that there were 11 unsecured weapons throughout their neighbor's house. None of them ever knew about the weapons because no one ever asked the question, "Do you have a gun in your home?"

Every year, an estimated 1,500 children under the age of 14 are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional gun related injuries. Many of these injuries occur in homes where guns are kept unlocked, loaded and accessible to children. Over 4000 children are injured or die in drowning incidents, many occurring in residential pools and spas. In 2004 the CDC reported 133,504 children were treated for dog bites where severe injuries result almost exclusively in children less than 10 years of age.

The web site provides parents with an unobtrusive method of acquiring potentially life saving information.


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