In Lauderhill (Broward County) Florida, a one year old (Lawrence Paul) died after he drowned in a canal behind his home. At the time he fell in, he was with his three year old sister. The children were under the care of an aunt when the incident took place. There was a fence behind the home but it had no lock on the gate.
In South Florida as well as the rest of the State, there are lakes, canals, rivers, streams, and other water ways throughout the State, it is vital that children was kept away from these most dangerous areas by installing secure gates with locks to keep children out. Water ways like canals can be deemed an attractive nuisance for children. As such, property owners, both home and business, have a duty to protect children from the dangers by installing proper barriers and fencing of the dangerous areas. Fences, locks, and proper supervision can help avoid serious personal injuries and wrongful death to children every year in Florida as well as the rest of the country.
In 2008, there were 11 child drownings in Broward County Florida according to the Sun Sentinel newspaper. You can read more about this story at 1 Year Old Broward County Child Drowns in Canal Near Home.