With school about to let out for the year, here’s some startling information
for parents that you’ll want to hear. Florida has the highest number of drowning
related deaths for children under 5 and since May is National Water Safety
Month, first responders want to get the word out on how to play it
It might seem like a fun day at the pool, but experts said if
you’re not careful that fun could quickly become tragedy.
According to the state health department, enough children to fill three or four preschool
classrooms won’t live to see their fifth birthday and that’s just in Florida.
Last year 45 people drown in Orange County. First responders said half were
children under 5 years old. In the first five months of this year, there have
been 10 drowning deaths.
“Anytime you have kids in the pool, never leave them unattended no matter
what,” said Lt. Eddie Brown from Orange County Fire Rescue.
Lt. Brown said parents should always keep doors leading out to the water
locked and know CPR just in case there’s an emergency.
He also said parents should keep a phone close by when supervising children
in the water.
“A lot of the drownings we have seen with kids, that’s the number one thing
that we hear. The parent got a phone call and they just ran in the house to
answer the phone,” said Brown. “A lot of people also look at drownings as pool
or the beach. But there are a lot of things around the home that also contribute
to drowning deaths.”
In fact, an infant can drown in just one inch of water. So if it's bath time
or not, first responders said never leave any water unattended in your home and
always stay within arm’s reach. Also, you can help by talking to your family and
“The best way to prevent drowning is to bring awareness to it,” said
You can also buy an area entry detector for the pool area. You install it on
the door or gate and whenever someone opens it, an alarm will sound letting you
know if a little one is headed near the water.
NOTE: A Pool fence, Pool Safety Gate, Pool Net and a Pool Cover all can prevent or at least help prevent accidental drowning.
Call Tampa Pool Fence aka Pool Guard of Tampa Bay today www.atampapoolfence.com 813 929-8729