Keep­ing chil­dren safe:

Tampa Bay Times - - From The Front Page - Source: Chil­dren’s Board of Hills­bor­ough County

• Pool own­ers can in­stall fences with a lock and self-clos­ing gate to keep chil­dren away from the pool when an adult is not present.

• In­stalling door alarms can alert a par­ent or care­giver that an ex­te­rior door has been opened, es­pe­cially if the door has ac­cess to any body of wa­ter like re­ten­tion ponds, canals or even foun­tains.

• Young chil­dren can drown in as lit­tle as one inch of wa­ter. En­sure bath­tubs, mop buck­ets & in­flat­able pools are drained af­ter each use.

• Al­ways pro­vide adult su­per­vi­sion for chil­dren in or around wa­ter. Chil­dren drown silently and in as lit­tle as 20 sec­onds. Des­ig­nat­ing a “wa­ter watcher” is a sim­ple mea­sure that en­sures an adult is su­per­vis­ing chil­dren at all times when they are in or around wa­ter.

• En­rolling chil­dren in for­mal swim­ming les­sons re­duces their life­time chances of drown­ing by 88 per­cent. • Be­come CPR cer­ti­fied. A drown­ing vic­tim has a sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased chance of a pos­i­tive out­come if CPR is started im­me­di­ately ver­sus wait­ing for first re­spon­ders to ar­rive.

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