Fifty Daycare and Preschool Crashes -- These Are Not At All Rare or Unusual Crashes. And They are Almost Always Preventable!
I do not want to distract from the very important work in Orange County Florida this week (see the blog below this one for all of the details on that effort.) But I took two hours this weekend and I compiled a list of 50 vehicle-into-building crashes involving day cares and preschools. To see the list, CLICK HERE. Below is the slideshow -- notice that almost all of these crashes are straight-on crashes through unprotected front doors and windows. So simple to prevent. So costly to fail to protect. That's why the work in Orange County Florida is so important!
Orange County Florida Task Force Will Present Recommendations for Day Care and Preschool Safety on Tuesday 10 February
In response to the KinderCare tragedy last April, Orlando and Orange County officials appointed a task force to make recommendations to prevent future tragedies from occurring. This Tuesday 10 February, the Task Force is going to make their recommendation.
Chief Otto Drozd of the Orange County Fire Department has worked hard to understand the scope of the problem, best practices for prevention of the problem, and practical standards and ordinances that might be applied to make children and teachers safer. He has sent us reports on building strikes, loss of control accidents, and other data which is invaluable to us. We in turn sent him national and statewide data on vehicle-into-building crashes, along with samples of local ordinances to review, ASTM test standards that apply to barriers and bollards, as well as dozens of photos pertaining to vulnerabilities and protection of child care facilities.
Orange County Fire's data on 911 calls and run records in response to vehicle-into-building run rates is invaluable. We will be kicking off a campaign to get such records from departments large and small around the country in an effort to learn more about the scope of the problem, impacts on communities, and the costs to cities and counties who have to respond to these private property incidents.
We will be paying close attention to these proceedings in the coming week and will be posting as new information comes in.
I am an expert in perimeter security and retail and pedestrian safety. I am also co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council
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