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.