Water and Pool Safety

The Facts

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 in Florida.  And drowning is the 6th leading cause of accidental death for ALL ages in Florida.  Children less than 1 year old are more likely to drown in the bathroom or a bucket in the household.

Top Safety Tips

  • Never leave your child unattended around water, even for a second.
  • Watch children when they are in or around water. Designate a "Water Watcher" which is an adult who is not distracted or impaired.  Switch watchers every 30 minutes.
  • Empty all buckets, tubs, kiddie pools, and other containers immediately after use.  Store them upside down so that water does not accumulate inside.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to help prevent drowning.
  • Install barriers in and around pools. Pool fences should be a minimum of four feet high with self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Prepare for emergencies - learn CPR and basic water rescue skills.
  • Swimming lessons are not just for children - adults should also be able to swim if they are going to be the "Water Watcher".
  • If using flotation devices, make sure they have the United States Coast Guard Approval.  This will be imprinted on the items.