The summer months are finally here and Floridians are doing what they love to do… get in the water. Some are going to the beach and others are going as far as their back patio. Many homes in Florida have swimming pools, a luxury and privilege Floridians are used to. But with privilege comes responsibility.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates and most of these drowning’s occur in home swimming pools. Most of these drowning’s however could have been prevented.
These are some safety tips every parent or guardian should remember at home:
Other common things to make sure any doors leading to the pool are locked and cannot be unlocked by the child. If you or your child will be exposed to water on a continual basis, swimming lessons are always a good idea. Following these steps does not prevent all accidents as the water and situations are unpredictable.
Make sure as a parent or guardian you are trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Knowing how to resuscitate your child can mean the difference between life and death as time is always of the essences in water related accidents. The summer months are meant to be enjoyed and what better way to enjoy them, than a nice afternoon swim with the family?
Make sure your day doesn’t end in disaster. Take the time to make the swimming environment a little safer for everyone especially your child.
Don Westerfeld has been active in the field of Insurance and Financial Planning since 1997. Don grew up in Indiana later moving to Lakeland Florida where he continues to reside with his wife and children. When he’s not in the office you can find him enjoying the great outdoors. He has served on several charitable business and non-profit organizations and continues to provide guidance, advice and support to local charities.
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