Florida Leads Nation in 2018 Child Drownings – Is Your Grandchild Safe?
Florida leads the nation with 6 fatal child pool and spa drownings in 2018. Five of these drownings occurred during the month of March.
All of Florida’s 2018 child pool drownings occurred in a home or apartment pool.
Nationwide there have been 31 media reported fatal drownings in 2018 for children under age 15 in a swimming pool or spa.
More than half (16) of these drownings occurred during the month of March.
This data, compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, tabulates media reported child (ages 0-14) drownings in pools and spas.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign is urging Florida parents and caregivers to be vigilant any time they’re in or near the water, to follow the Pool Safely simple safety steps, and to take the Pool Safely Pledge to prevent more drownings as temperatures climb and families spend more time around the water heading into the spring and summer.
Call to Action For Grandparents
Never leave your grandchild unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your grandchild closely around all bodies of water.
Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, using a smart phone or be otherwise distracted.
Learn how to swim, and teach your grandchild how to swim.
Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
Keep your grandchildren away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment.
Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards, and if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safe drain covers and ask your public pool if their drains are “VGB compliant.”
Take the Pool Safely Pledge before spending time in or near the water.