Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 2 COMMENTS The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here April 7, 2016 at 10:25 am Tenita Reid Tenita Reid Here is a little reminder if you decide to walk around the loop at Lake Apopka, either on foot from Magnolia Park, or riding in a car on the wildlife drive, and stopping and exiting the car with your kids and pets. Please, please view You tube video, ” Alligator Blocking the bike trail at Lake Apopka”, and think twice about taking your kids and pets out there to walk around!!!! They could get snatched and ate in a NY minute!!! Don’t risk it! Drive around in the vehicle with pets and kids, and stay in the vehicle! Keep your kids and pets away from the water’s edge everywhere in Florida around lakes, rivers, springs, creeks, retention ponds, watery ditches, and canals!!! Just because Orange County, Florida allows pets and kids to walk around out there, around Lake Apopka, does not mean it is safe! Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply April 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm TAGSCrowded PlacesMacaroni Kidsafety Previous articleDonna’s Deals: 7 Ways to Save Money on PromNext articleOvernight News: Apopka Police receive reports of shots fired in The Pines Of Wekiva Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Also when you watch the you tube video, “Alligator blocking the bike trail at Lake Apopka”, I would not recommend doing what that man did, while biking the trail, which was to leave his bike way back behind, and walk up closer to the gator, trying to figure out what to do, to get the gator to move out of the way. He decided to throw a rock, is what I believe he said on the video, I will have to check the video out again to see for sure, but NO don’t do that! That gator could get irked, and run right over and attack, and definitely keep that bike with you, to keep it between you and the gator at least! They are extremely fast! If you are approaching and see one on the trail, turn and go back, do not proceed forward, OMG! Did you see the latest gator that was hunted and killed, the big one, that was hoisted up, beside that young kid? Keep that thought in mind, and do not risk death to your kids or pets, by walking on foot, or biking around Lake Apopka! I am serious, and I am not joking, you have to respect those creatures, they don’t play around! As the summer vacations near, it’s almost time for families to attend local festivals, visit places like the Zoo and take vacations. And while these adventures are always a great way to spend some quality family time together, going to crowded places, especially with young children can get stressful. There are some basic safety tips that can give you peace of mind this summer.Justin Lavelle, Communications Director for BeenVerified.com, shares these tips for families. BeenVerified.com is a tool that keeps families safe, by giving you access to information about neighborhoods and people interacting with your child.From the macaronikid.com1.Create an Action PlanMake sure your family has an action plan so that your kids know exactly what to do in the event you get separated, whether it’s the grocery store or Disney World. Create a clear cut strategy so your child will panic less and feel more able to handle the situation. If necessary, write the info down and have them put it in their pocket with your cell phone number. Always determine a place to meet at any location you’re going, such as the information desk.2.Keep Young Kids CloseThe child leash gets a bad rap, but for ages 3-5 they can come in very handy. It’s about safe parenting, not someone else’s opinion. A child leash allows freedom while also insuring their safety. The same rule of thumb goes for putting an older child in a stroller.3. Look for the HelpersTeach your kids who to look for in the event of an emergency. Statistically the person who is least likely to harm a child and offer the most support is a woman with children. So encourage your child to find a mom with kids and ask her for help. Also point out an employee so your child can see what the uniforms look like. Other good helpers are police officers and security guards.4.Provide Your Children with I.D.It’s best not to include your child’s name visibly so your child isn’t lured away by a stranger calling their name, but do provide them with a phone number. You can order child I.D. safety tattoos from SafetyTat.com. Safety tattoos are fun and colorful kids temporary tattoos that are applied to the arm of your child. They provide a highly visible form of identification that stays in place even when wet. You can include your mobile number and the place you are staying. You can also write your mobile number on your child’s arm with a permanent marker.5.Use KidTracker for Older KidsFor tweens and teens with mobile phones, download the app KidTracker to your phones. This way you’ll always be able to find your child. For children old enough to handle the responsibility, you can pick up an affordable pay-as-you-go phone and put enough money on it for the trip. It can then be used for any situation where you want to keep in communication with your kids. Although mobile phones are very helpful, they aren’t always reliable. Have an alternative plan in case the cell phone doesn’t work.Read more here. 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