With the onset of the beautiful, warm, Florida weather, people are heading outdoors for fun filled activities. Each year, nationally, more than 1,000 children, ages 14 and younger, drown. Children ages 4 and younger represent almost 60% of these deaths. For every child that drowns, an additional 4 are hospitalized for near-drowning. According to the National Injury Prevention Center, 15% of children admitted for near-drowning, die in the hospital.
Pool & Water Safety Rules
The following pool and water safety rules should always be considered and carried out:
Never swim alone.
Know how deep the water is where you’ll be swimming.
Never dive in shallow water.
Walk-don’t run-and keep the pool/water area clear so no one will trip.
Never swim if there’s stormy weather.
Always make sure you are wearing a life jacket if you are on a boat.
Safety Rules for Adults
Never leave children alone-even for a minute.
Use all pool and water equipment properly.
Have a cordless phone handy to make emergency calls.
Keep rescue equipment easily accessible, and in good working condition.
Have a first aid kit handy. Keep it stocked.
Protect children from the sun. Use plenty of sunscreen.
Secure all gates, doors and windows leading to the pool.