Accidental Drowning Drowning Prevention Tips

  • Never leave a child unsupervised in or around water in the home. Empty all containers immediately after use and store out of reach.
  • Never leave a child unsupervised in or around a swimming pool or spa, even for a moment. Never rely on a PFD or swimming lessons to protect a child. Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.
  • Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high and equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, around a home pool or spa. Fencing should completely surround swimming pools or spas and prevent direct access from a house or yard. Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier or leave toys in and around the pool.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Air-filled swimming aids, such as “water wings,” are not considered safety devices and are not substitutes for PFDs.
  • Never dive into water less than nine feet deep.
  • Children ages 14 and under should never operate a personal watercraft.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first — there’s no time to spare.
  • Enroll your kids in swimming lessons taught by a certified instructor, but don’t assume swimming lessons make your child “drownproof.” There is no substitute for active supervision.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a drowning or near drowning incident, contact a Florida accidental drowning attorney at Hannon Legal Group today.

* Prevention Tips provided by Safe Kids USA.