Two Southwest Florida children under the page of 5 recently drowned and several other children experienced a close drowning situation. The State Florida holds the unfortunate title of number one state of drownings as compared with other states. According to the Center for Disease Control ( CDC ), drowning is the number one cause of death among Florida children aged 1 to 4 years old.
The Center for Disease Control identified swimming pools as the leading location for drownings of pre-school aged children. Fencing, alarms, swimming lessons, and most importantly close adult supervision can save lives and prevent injury to children. The following tips were reported in the Naples Florida – Naples Daily News:
• Designate an adult to supervise the children. Make sure that the adult is not engaged in any other distracting activities;
• Encourage children to swim with someone else;
• Learn CPR. It takes time for paramedics to show up;
• Inflatable toys are not substitute for a proper fitting life jacket; and
• Install a four feet fence around the pool (It’s the law).
Swimming pools and oceans are places where fun takes place. Unfortunately, they are also the site of many tragedies. Parents, caregivers, and lifeguards should do everything possible to supervise their children.