TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – With Memorial day approaching and summer break right around the corner, many parents are looking for ways to keep safety a consideration when planning for summer fun.
With a couple of the first reported drownings of children of the year happening in North Lauderdale, unfortunately, data points to more drowning fatalities.
According to the USA Swimming Foundation, at least 148 children under the age of 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day of 2018.
That number is down approximately 9 percent from the 163 children younger than 15 who drowned in 2017.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Florida historically has one of the highest drowning rates in the country, with 21 deaths between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2018, matched only by Texas, which also had 21 drownings between that time period.
The states below experienced the highest number of pool and spa drownings involving children younger than 15 from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018. Honer over the bar to see the exact number.
Source: USA Swimming Foundation
According to the CDC, About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger, and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
WaterSmartFl, which is backed by the Florida Department of Health, has some simple tips for child safety around any body of water:
- Supervision: Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool.
- Barriers: Barriers physically block a child from the pool.
- Emergency Preparedness: In an emergency, it is critical to know CPR, to have a phone nearby, and to immediately call 911. Swim lessons and life jackets are preventive measures that save lives.