In Florida, there are numerous waterways and pools in most neighborhoods. Some waterways are small canals that are in the back yard of thousands of homes. The unpredictable depth and bottom of canals make them very dangerous to children and inexperienced swimmers. Furthermore, the murkiness or cloudiness of the water make it difficult to find a child who is under water or submerged. In Broward County – Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it was reported that an 8 year old child suffered life threatening injuries in a drowning incident that took place behind the Tennis Court Apartments located on Northwest 19th Street. It was reported that two small boys were playing when (for some reason) both children ended up in the water. One boy came out safely, The other boy was reported to have been under water for over 10 minutes.
An unfenced water way to unsupervised children can be just as dangerous as a busy road. While it is difficult to keep an eye on a child at all times, safety precautions in the form of fences and signage can help deter children from playing in dangerous areas like near canals. Children have poor safety awareness and the simple act of jumping into or wading into the canal may have seemed like harmless fun to the boys. You can read more about this story at Boy Clings to Life After Being Pulled from Canal in Broward County, Florida.