1) Never divert your attention or leave a child unattended. Too often, parents or care givers become distracted by the telephone or other activities. It is important to remember that a child can drown in as little as 30 seconds.
2) Erect a fence around the pool to serve as a barrier between the child and the water. The majority of accidental drowning incidents occur when the adult or care giver assumes the child is safely indoors.
3) Remove pool toys when not in use. Children naturally reach for their toys, even if they are floating in the middle of the pool. Therefore, it is essential to remove the pool toys from the water when not in use.
In addition to these basic safety tips, I encourage you to teach your child basic water skills such as roll over, float, and yell for help. Mastering these skills can be life saving.
As a personal injury attorney, I have represented victims and their families who have been injured in a swimming pool accident or who have suffered the loss of a child due to an accidental drowning. Their grief compels me to share educational information like this in hopes that it helps you keep you and your family safe this summer around the pool.
For more information, please watch my video.
Preventing Accidental Drowning of Children in Florida
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