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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Kawartha Lakes Fast Water Dangers Warning Issued!

Kawartha Lakes Waters Becoming Dangerous - Watch Children Carefully!

Kawartha Lakes received a large amount of snow, then with warmer air and rain over the weekend, Kawartha Conservation issued a warning alerting parents to keep children away from fast moving water, and slippery banks. Now here is a challenge - keeping children away from water. This post contains the warning issued as well as some solutions we've found around the 'net.
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Kawartha Lakes Water Safety Warning -Watch Children!
How can parents watch their children on their way to and from school? Water is an attractive nuisance for many youngsters.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETY DATE: Nov 21, 2014 TIME: 12:00 pm Message sent on the basis of information received from:
 Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
 Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
 Environment Canada
As a low pressure system moves into Southern Ontario over weekend, the Kawartha Conservation watershed will experience warm air and precipitation that includes freezing rain and rain. It is expected that daytime temperatures will reach 4°C on Saturday and up to 10°C on Sunday and Monday, with about 25 mm of rain over the next 3 days.
The snow cover measured at Ken Reid Conservation Area is currently 30 cm deep and contains 28 mm of water when melted. Less snow has been measured in the southern part of the Kawartha Conservation watershed.
Based on the latest weather forecast, the existing snow cover will start melting and combine with the rainfall to produce substantial runoff. No flooding is anticipated at this time, as water levels in local rivers and streams are seasonally low and expected to increase only moderately. Road ditches, low-lying areas, and areas with poor drainage may also experience water accumulation. Under these circumstances, all local rivers, streams, and lakes will become fast-flowing and extremely dangerous. Riverbanks will be very slippery and unsafe.

Kawartha Conservation Warning

Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.
 This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect through Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes.
If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.

Kawartha Lakes Fast Water Challenges

Since City of Kawartha Lakes is so full of beautiful waterways, it's surprising there haven't been more drownings in our area. However tragedy does strike at least once a year.
My Great "Uncle" Jack, a former LCVI student lost his life fishing a young lad out of the undertow by the Lindsay locks years ago.  Not too many years ago, two young boys lost their lives in almost the exact same spot while their parents were busy moving into a home across from the river.
How can parents protect their children when they're out at play or on the way to and from school? How can parents know if their child is merely dawdling on the way home from school, or if they need help?
A few tech companies have created some solutions to help parents stay in touch with their children, and track them down.

Award- Winning Amber Alerts GPS - Child Communication and Tracking Created By A Parent

In 2005, a dad and his 2 kids were enjoying an outing at a family fun centre. After 10 minutes his daughter came out of the climbing area His son didn’t. In a split second his son had vanished. For 45 minutes there was panic and terror. Have you experienced this?  This is the true story of Russ Thornton and his 4-year-old son.
Russ decided never again. Then the dad assembled a team of engineers and developers who designed and built the award-winning Amber Alerts GPS - a child protection device that uses the power of global satellite positioning technology.
He said, “Make it small. Make it powerful. And make it so that parents can use it on the go with their handheld device.” The result was the Amber Alert GPS Smart Locator. There is nothing else like in on the market because it is the first and only product designed by parents with kids in mind. The smallest of its kind, it is effective indoors and outdoors, and has a wide range.
Amber Alerts GPS offers 2-way communication with your child, and GPS tracking.

StickNFind - Blue Tooth GPS Tracking Sticker

StickNFind, a blue tooth tracking sticker, helps you quickly track your lost child. The size of a quarter, you can stick a StickNFind Tracking Sticker on pet collars, keys, phones, remotes - anything that you are constantly searching for.
When used as a child tracking device, the StickNFind gives you the ability to know where your children are at all times. The small location stickers easily attach to clothing and belt loops, backpacks, and even shoes, transmitting its position to you StickNFind mobile tracking app so you can keep a digital eye on your kids.  Each Bluetooth tracking device can even be set to send an alarm to your phone if  the sticker moves outside a designated “safezone” area – indicating your child may have strayed a little farther than you would like so you can you respond quickly. The Stickers easily attach to most surfaces and the StickNFind app works with multiple stickers for multiple children.
An economical solution for peace of mind, these currently retail at 29.99 each or  49.99 for two.

StickNFind Key Locator

What solutions have you seen for keeping on top of your child's location?
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1 comment:

  1. What tips do you have for keeping your children safe?


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