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Drowning Prevention

Environmental Health

In 2008, 71% of drownings occurred in residential swimming pools. It is a silent killer and can happen very quickly. Drowning prevention is very important by following the following in layers:

Layer 1: Supervision: This is the first and most crucial layer of protection.

This means that someone is always actively supervising when anyone is swimming in a pool or other body of water.

Layer 2: Barriers: A child should not be able to enter a pool area unless with a parent/guardian.

Barriers should physically block a child from entering a pool area. It is also important to avoid drain entrapments.

Layer 3:  Emergency Preparedness: The moment a child stops breathing there is a small amount of time in which first-aid/CPR can be done, but only if someone knows what to do.

Even if you are not a parent, it is important to learn CPR. The techniques are easy to learn and can mean the difference between life and death.

It is also important to have a phone nearby to call 911 immediately.

For more information on drowning prevention, visit WaterSmartFL.