Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1-4 in Florida.Florida’s drowning death rate among children ages 1-4 is the highest in the nation. Enough children drown each year in Florida to fill three to four preschool classrooms. By no means has Collier County been spared this preventable tragedy. According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages one to four in Collier County.
Our Coalition recognizes that multiple layers of protection are necessary to prevent drowning. We stresses that NO single device or solution can prevent child drownings. Parents, caregivers, aquatic facility owners, managers and operators should use “layers of protection” to provide a system of increased security to prevent unauthorized access to bodies of water, especially important for children. This means that multiple strategies or devices are used constantly and simultaneously.
Drowning happens to the BEST PARENTS and the BEST PEOPLE. It is silent and preventable.
We have included videos at the bottom of this page.
We must follow the layers of protection to prevent the leading cause of death of children ages 1-4. We never know which layer of protection will save a life until it does, so please - layer up!
Here are the layers of protection recommended by experts:
Pool Safely collaborated with Tia Mowry on a new water safety video to share lifesaving tips with families across the country! Take a look.
Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives!
Staying safer around the pool only takes four simple steps!
1. Learn to swim.
2. Don’t climb or play with gates and fences.
3. Stay away from drains in the pool or hot tub.
4. Always ask a grown up before going in or near the water.