Putnam County and other areas in Florida have a number of waterways, ponds, canals, and other bodies of water. While Florida weather allows for year round enjoyment and use of these water areas, there is also a year round risk of drowning to small children. Because of this risk, it is important for parents, day care providers, teachers, and other child care providers to provide consistent supervision of children any time that there is a body of water near by or accessible to the child.
In Putnam County, Florida, First Coast News reported that a 17 month old boy was found dead in a pond near the boy’s home. According to news reports, the boy’s mother stated that the child was in the backyard playing prior to the incident. Just a few minutes or moments of distraction may have lead to this unfortunate and tragic death of this child.
Children are known to be curious explorers. Unfortunately, children especially toddlers fail to recognize the dangers of water. A child can drown in as little water as a puddle or a bucket of water. Because of the dangers of water to children, it is vital that property owners take precautions to enclose water ways away from access to children. Florida has a specific law in place pertaining to swimming pools. You can read this law at Residential Swimming Pool Act.
You can read more about this story at Toddler Found Dead in Pond Near Home in Putnam County Florida.