There's unfortunately a long list of tragic accidents that have happened through a simple lack of care or the use of self serving logic.
One such recent tragedy was in NSW where an 8 year old girl drowned at a swimming carnival. The teachers there were supposed to be supervising and there were some lifeguards there as well whose duties also included manning the pools canteen at the time.
If they are manning the canteen they aren't lifeguards, they're only lifeguards when they are they are watching over the people in the pool and doing nothing else. And I do not believe teachers receive lifeguard training so they aren't lifeguards either and therefore not qualified to supervise large numbers of children in a pool.
There's no real excuse for many of the tragedies that happen because we have all of human experience to draw upon to tell us what we should and shouldn't do.
Unfortunately other tragedies have happened and keep happening because some people will ignore the absolute basics that will prevent mishaps because they end up ignoring certain established safety guidelines or using self serving logic to justify to themselves unsafe behaviour.
Here’s a few of those attitudes and the reality of what can happen if these attitudes are adopted.
“It’s only for a second” as in a door that should be shut being open or children left unsupervised.
It’s not for a second, it’s always for a longer period. The only thing that takes a second is a child getting into some sort of trouble.
“It’s unlikely to happen” as in a particular type accident, bad situation or an abduction.
This “unlikely to happen” appears to be translated into “It can’t happen” because the “unlikely to happen” attitude is used to justify behaviour that undermines safe practices. Then what is unlikely to happen does actually happen.
“It hasn’t happened yet”, also as in a particular type accident, bad situation or an abduction.
The “It hasn’t happened” attitude is also used to justify behaviour that undermines safe practices. Then what hasn’t happened actually does happen it is too late to take the measures to stop it happening to begin with.
Be safe and be realistic, it really takes very little effort and can save a lot of grief.