July 2018

Learn the 3 layers of protection for water safety


Drowning is the second-leading cause of preventable death among children ages 1-14 in the U.S., and for children ages 1-4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools. This year alone, we have lost eight children 4 years old and under to drowning in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

There are three important layers of protection for water safety that parents and caregivers can use to prevent children from drowning:

– Supervising children at all times during water and nonwater activities.

– Installing barriers, such as gates and self-latching locks, to limit access to home swimming pools.

– Installing alarms on doors and windows that will alert adults when a door is opened and a child goes outside.

Watch the video on Great Day LIVE Tampa Bay.

June 2018

Water safety tips for your young children

The Mommy Spot Tampa Bay shares the water safety tips that are applicable year-round in Florida, but especially important in the summertime. These water safety tips could save a child’s life.

Follow these four tips to keep kids safe:

–       Stay alert

–       Designate a ‘water watcher’

–       Never rely on flotation devices

–       Be aware of hidden hazards

Nothing beats close adult supervision. Actively watching your child even if they aren’t in the water reduces their risk for drowning. It only takes 30 seconds for a child to drown. Read more for safety tips. 

This published on The Mommy Spot Tampa Bay.

May 2018

Safe sleep in all conditions

Hurricane season begins on June 1, and parents should consider sleep safety when preparing for a hurricane.

It’s not often practical to pack a crib when evacuating, and parents shouldn’t rely on relatives, evacuation shelters or hotels to provide a safe sleep environment for their infant. Put a pack n’ play in your hurricane kit and plan to bring it in an emergency. Read these tips for safe sleep and how to prepare for hurricane season.

This published in The Tampa Bay 100.


April 2018

Avoiding unsafe sleep

Jane Murphy, Executive Director of Healthy Start Coalition, appeared on “Great Day LIVE Tampa Bay” to discuss why the ABC’s of safe sleep are essential for parents.

Hosts Michael Clayton and Kendall Kirkham recount their safe sleep practices with their own children and how easy it is to make a mistake, especially as an exhausted parent. Murphy explains how parents need to not only ensure their infants are catching up on sleep in their own crib, but how it benefits parents because they’re able to relax in their own bed without any concerns for their baby. Watch the video for more tips on keeping infants safe at bedtime and naptime.

This published on CBS 10 News.


March 2018

Safe sleep recommendations

Jane Murphy, Executive Director of Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, shared tips for keeping infants safe with ABC Action Newsanchor James Tully. Her tips for safe sleep practices for infants include:

–       Practice the ABC’s of safe sleep: Alone on their Back in a Crib.

–       Follow crib setup recommendations.

–       Be prepared for naptime and bedtime away from home.

Watch the video for more safe sleep tips from Jane Murphy.

February 2018

Safety first: prepare for your new baby

Any family is at risk for infant death, and new parents and caretakers should take extra safety precautions. Stay up-to-date on the latest information about infant care is essential when preparing for the arrival of your new baby.

In the Tampa Bay area, nearly 200 children under the age of 6 have died in the last five years from the top three causes of preventable child death- unsafe sleep, drowning and abusive head trauma. Read this article for more.

This published in Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine’s January 2018 issue.

January 2018

Think about safety as you prepare for your new baby

When you’re expecting, you’re working to prepare your family and your home for your new baby, from painting the nursery to diving into parenting books. One of the most important ways to prepare is to think about safety precautions, especially safe sleep, safe stress relief, and water safety.

In the Tampa Bay area alone, nearly 200 children under the age of six have died in the last five years (2012-2016) from the top three causes of preventable child death: suffocation caused by unsafe sleep practices, abusive head trauma caused by shaking a baby and drowning from lack of supervision around water. Open this link to read more.

This published on Daily Mom.

December 2017

Tips for Keeping Children Safe During the Holiday Season

In the Tampa Bay area, nearly 200 children under the age of six have died in the last five years (2012-2016) from the top three causes of preventable child death: drowning, unsafe sleep practices, and abusive head trauma.

Every caregiver of a young child – not just parents – bears the responsibility to educate themselves on these 100 percent preventable causes of child death. The holiday season is an essential time to educate anyone who may be caring for a young child. Caregivers should be aware of the measures they must take to ensure the children entrusted in their care remain safe. Open this link to read more.

This published in Tampa Bay Moms Blog.

October 2017

Avoid These Top 3 Preventable Deaths

Paula Scott with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Prevent Needless Deaths campaign appeared on Bay New 9’s In Depth segment to discuss the top three preventable deaths in Tampa Bay: drowning, unsafe sleep practices, and abusive head trauma. 

September 2017

Know the dangers of unsafe infant sleep

In the Tampa Bay area alone, nearly 140 infants died of preventable sleep-related causes over the last five years (2012-2016). Each of these deaths was preventable.

Co-sleeping, which means having babies sleep in the same bed as parents, siblings or caregivers, is often the cause of sleep-related infant death. In fact, more infants die in adult beds than anywhere else, and infants are 40 times more likely to die in an adult bed than in their own crib.

When co-sleeping, a baby may suffocate if an adult unintentionally rolls on top of them or if the baby is positioned against a pillow or under a blanket. Infants can’t roll away or move their heads because they lack the muscle strength to move their head if something is blocking their airway. Pillow-top mattresses, comforters, fluffy pillows, blankets, sleep positioners and stuffed animals are a danger to infants in adult beds, as well as in cribs. Open the PDF to read more.

This published in Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles.