Florida Child Drownings: How to Prevent the Unexpected

The death or injury of a Florida child due to drowning is a tragic and, in many instances, an avoidable event. The United States Consumer Protection Commission disseminated a good article entitled How to Prevent the Unexpected – Preventing Child Drowning that every pool owner and parent should read in order to protect children. The report indicated that 300 children under the age of 5 die as a result of drowning in a swimming pool nationwide every year. Florida is a state that is populated with thousands of pools. I am a pool owner and have a child safety fence around my entire pool. While my children are good swimmers (they had lessons through an instructor and additional instruction by mom), I decided to keep my child safety fence up in the abundance of caution. My children have friends over and will get into horseplay. I know the swimming abilities of my children but not others. Even though my children are good swimmers, they can still have a fall and go into the pool. While my pool area would look nicer without the fence, I feel more secure with the fence in place. If you have questions about Florida laws pertaining to swimming pools, pool fences, or injuries to children in or around a swimming pool, call David Wolf Attorney at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. (904) 355-8888.