Little Girl 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
High schools have just closed their doors, and the elementary schools will
follow suit in a few days, but the summer vacation has already become deadly.
Two teens and three youngsters have been killed in the last few days, with more
injured in preventible accidents.
Orly Silbinger, director of BETEREM,
the National Center for Child Safety and Health on Sunday called on the
government to prepare an emergency program for child safety this summer, and
demanded that parents and caregivers recognize the dangers and prepare for the
two-month period when children are exposed to them.
“Many parents lack
information and are unaware of the risk of fatal accidents,” Silbinger said.
“None of them received a license for parenting.”
Every year, she added,
BETEREM is shocked to note the rise in childrens' deaths and injuries during the
Silbinger emergency plan includes the following
• Requiring local authorities on the Mediterranean Sea and the
Kinneret to ensure that lifeguards are on duty from the morning hours until
sunset, and that bathing be prohibited on beaches without lifeguards.
Ensuring that the required number of lifeguards are present.
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information campaigns to prevent accidents – especially about leaving children
• Upgrading enforcement on the roads • Enforcing
regulations that prohibit unlicensed summer camps from operating and punishing
• Requiring summer-camp management and counsellors to be
trained in safety.
Silbinger said that the burden of ensuring safety lies
not only with the government, but also parents, and called on adults not to
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