Swimming and Water Safety Tips for Florida Residents, Visitors and Children

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Drowning is a lead cause of death for children, especially those 14-years-old and younger. According to statistics, more than 800 children 14 and under drown each year. One precaution parents can take to help prevent drownings is to constantly supervise your child, whether at the beach, swimming pool or even a bathroom. Younger children and infants can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Therefore, toilets, bathtubs and buckets are even hazardous. According to Gia Ramsey, Akron Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Specialist, said drowning is the second-highest accidental injury for those between the ages of 5-24; car accidents are number one. Children need to be supervised even if they have had prior swimming lessons, supervision is a critical prevention factor. Proper safety gear such as life preservers are also important and should not be substituted or replaced with other flotation devices. For certain activities, children should always wear a life vest. Children 10-years-old and younger should wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest while on a boat. All pools should be surrounded with a locked safety fence and have alarms for the gates. For more read Water safety tips for you and your family this summer.

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