Illinois DCFS stresses importance of water safety
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is working with the Bolingbrook Park District and the Village of Bolingbrook to promote water safety.
“It is imperative that parents and caregivers watch children who are near and in water to prevent a tragedy,” B.J. Walker, acting director of DCFS, said in a press release. “Let’s all work together to keep children safe this summer and all year round.”
Twenty children in Illinois under 18 years of age died of accidental drownings in 2017. While half occurred in pools, the other drownings happened in bathtubs, ponds, rivers, water springs and lakes.
“This is the season to be safe outside,” Roger Claar, the mayor of Bolingbrook, said. “Our priority is forming alliances that help us make 2018 the safest summer on record.”