What’s New at Safe-Wise?

Flu Update: A Message for Caregivers & Teachers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination with an injectable flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older before the end of October, if possible. Though flu seasons vary in their timing from season to season, getting vaccinated by the end of October helps ensure that staff, children, and parents are protected before flu activity begins to increase in their community. With school back in session, there are important steps that child care providers and programs can take to protect children from flu-related illness. Now is the time to prepare for next flu season. Update your program’s family contact information and child records, so parents can be reached quickly if they need to pick up their sick child. Examine and revise your child care programs written plan for seasonal flu. Schedule flu prevention education for program staff. Review policies on immunizations, hand washing; cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting surfaces and toys; and excluding (sending home) children who are sick. Consider displaying educational materials to encourage vaccination, good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette. Help families understand the important roles they can play in reducing the spread of flu. Plan to distribute a customized letter to parents about flu prevention and control practices in your program. Consider requiring flu vaccine for all child care workers and children who attend child care, even if your state does not require it. This will not only help to prevent flu infection, but it will also reduce the spread within the classroom. Click HERE for more information on flu prevention from the CDC.


Water Safety Self-Test for Aquatic Professionals and Management. Are your aquatic staff trained to prevent drownings and handle life threatening emergencies? Are your aquatic facilities safe? How can you be sure? This short (5-minute) Water Safety Self-Test is designed to help aquatic professionals and management evaluate and plan to achieve the highest level of safety in all aquatic venues, as well as help ensure that lifeguards are well prepared and vigilant through effective policies, practices and procedures.


Safe-Wise Offers Aquatic Operation Assessment Service. External Aquatic Operation Assessment services can provide an unbiased, objective review of the aquatic safety operations and identify areas for improvement. Additionally, such assessments help keep facilities accountable to recommendations and regulations providing an additional layer of protection by offering more than one perspective. They provide aquatic leaders the opportunity to learn how staff are performing and identify safety and response issues with the facility. They also allow aquatic leaders to ask a professional for help, ideas, or guidance. By inviting a different set of eyes to view and assess your facility and lifeguarding operations you can enhance the quality and value of your risk assessment efforts. External aquatic operation assessments can validate your risk management efforts as well as reveal new areas which may need focus and improvement. Assessment services may include the following:

  • Unannounced observation of individual lifeguards on surveillance
  • Unannounced testing of lifeguard skills
  • Lifeguard skills training
  • Facility and equipment inspections
  • Swim program safety assessments

YMCA’s specifically, should be aware that the Y-USA Aquatic Safety Guidelines for Y’s recommends an independent assessment of the aquatic facility operations annually, at a minimum. Safe-Wise Consulting specializes in aquatic operations assessments based on aquatic industry guidelines and core safety philosophies. Our staff are cross trained on the most up-to-date American Red Cross (ARC), YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) & the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) lifeguard & BLS courses, and work closely with the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC). Please contact your Safe-Wise consultant or Safe-Wise Consulting HERE to request an Aquatic Operation Assessment today.


Safe-Wise Welcomes a New Partner. Safe-Wise Consulting is happy to announce Alan C. Mogridge as our newest Member / Partner & Senior Consultant.  Alan brings more than 20 years of YMCA practical knowledge and experience in aquatic safety & programming, wellness, day & resident camping and child care. In addition to his strong program background Alan has served as: Associate Executive Director for the Greater Waterbury YMCA, CT; Executive Director for the YMCA of Central Connecticut Coast – Valley Branch, CT; and as CEO for the Mount Desert Island YMCA, ME. In addition to his YMCA leadership roles, Alan has served as an Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Faculty Trainer for Y-USA, the American Red Cross and ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute). He also served on the YMCA of the USA’s Trainer Quality Team. Alan has already worked with numerous Safe-Wise clients helping improving their safety and risk management practices over the last two years and continues to stay focused on updating resources, the website and newsletter development. Please help us congratulate Alan on his new role at Safe-Wise Consulting.  Click HERE to learn more about Alan.


Retirement Announcement. Please join us in extending our best wishes to Christopher Mogridge, who, effective January 1, 2019, has retired from Safe-Wise Consulting. Chris is a founding member and has been an esteemed partner for over 11 years, and he will be greatly missed by our clients and colleagues alike. We have all benefited from his extensive experience, knowledge, and innovative style that helped Safe-Wise provide a realistic and intuitive approach as it strengthened the safety practices of organizations across the country. We know you will all join us in wishing Chris well as he starts a new chapter in his interesting life. He is eager to spend more time with family, especially with his four grandchildren, as well as catch up on traveling, hiking, wilderness canoeing, kayaking, hunting, fishing and helping others through his volunteer efforts with his local food pantry and as the Family Relations Chair on the board of the Monadnock Habitat for Humanity, which he loves so much. He will be joined on these adventures by his wife Helene who also retired this spring. Congratulations, Chris, good luck and thank you for your decades of service to so many youth-serving organizations, improving the safety and health of so many. You have much to be proud of and we will miss you greatly! Please feel free to reach out to Chris personally, via e-mail, to extend your personal wishes.