July 1, 2018 / Drowning Prevention

3 layers of protection for water safety

Drowning is the second-leading cause of preventable death among children ages 1-14 in the U.S., and for children ages 1-4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.

This year alone, we have lost eight children 4 years old and under to drowning in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

There are three important layers of protection for water safety that parents and caregivers can use to prevent children from drowning:

  • Supervising children at all times during water and non-water activities.
  • Installing barriers, such as gates and self-latching locks, to limit access to home swimming pools.
  • Installing alarms on doors and windows that will alert adults when a door is opened and a child goes outside.

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