Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1–4, and it can happen in the very few minutes it takes to answer a phone call or run inside for a quick task. To reduce the risk of drowning, use multiple layers of protection when around a swimming pool, bathtub, lake or ocean. To learn more, visit https://www.watersmartfl.com/
"Dry drowning" can occur after a person is submerged or inhales water through the nose or mouth, causing a spasm in the airway and difficulty breathing. Dry drowning can occur less than one hour after inhaling water. If a person is rescued from a "near" drowning, and they continue to cough or have difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1- and seek medical attention immediately.
Steps you can take for a safe summer around water:
- Supervision: Always watch kids closely when they’re in or near the water.
- Have a dedicated watcher: When gathering in large groups, assign one adult to watch one or two specific children, so someone is always looking out for kids.
- Choose the right location to swim: Swim near a lifeguard. If you’re swimming in areas without a lifeguard, don’t do so alone. Make sure someone knows where you are and is keeping an eye out.
- Install perimeter protection: Install fences and gates around pools.
- Pay attention to safety warnings. If a beach or pool has “No swimming!” signs, take that seriously, even if things look safe. There’s usually a good reason why you shouldn’t take a dip.