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Drowning Prevention

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Florida consistently has one of the highest drowning death rates in the nation. Find more information on drowning statistics in Florida from the FDOH Injury Prevention Program.

Practice Touch Supervision 

Touch supervision means being within an arm’s reach of children while in or near water, close enough to touch them. This includes the bathtub and kiddie pools.

  • Children can drown in just a few inches of water.
  • The FDOH-Escambia recommends touch supervision for children aged 1-4, and for all weak swimmers.
  • Touch supervision should be practiced ANY TIME a child is in or near water, even if a lifeguard is present.

Even if you think you can reach your child in time while watching from a distance, do not take the chance. Always keep your kids within arm's reach.

Create Barriers 

The Florida Statutes require residential pools built after October 1, 2000, to have pool safety measures including:

  • Approved safety pool covers
  • Self-closing or self-latching devices on any doors or gates leading to the pool
  • Pool safety fences
  • Door/window alarms
  • Pool alarms

Be Prepared 

If a child stops breathing, the parent or supervising adult should call 911 and start CPR immediately. Find local agencies and businesses that offer CPR classes and learn the steps needed to save your child’s life.

Learn to Swim 

Children and adults should learn water safety, survival skills and fundamental swimming concepts that can prevent drowning.

Play it Safe 

  • Wear a life jacket while boating.
  • Do not swim or operate a boat while using alcohol or sedatives.
  • Look for the flag warning system at beaches to alert you about dangerous conditions.