Pool Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

The Facts

Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4.

  • Drowning is silent and it only takes a minute.
  • The monetary cost of drowning in Florida for a year is greater than $16 million.
  • The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, F.S. Chapter 515, requires only one physical barrier for pools built after 2000.
  • Over 90% of Florida’s home swimming pools were built before the law.
  • The Florida Department of Health strongly recommends multiple barriers to help ensure safety and using “layers of protection” to help prevent drowning.

Protection at the Pool

  • Layers of Protection is a drowning prevention awareness campaign developed by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Injury Prevention. The statewide initiative promotes the importance of keeping children safe when at or near the pool by incorporating “layers of protection”: supervision, barriers, and emergency preparedness.
  • Supervision: Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool.
  • Barriers: A child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by a guardian. Barriers physically block a child from the pool.
  • Emergency Preparedness: The moment a child stops breathing there is a small, precious window of time in which resuscitation may occur, but only if someone knows what to do. Even if you're not a parent, it’s important to learn CPR. The techniques are easy to learn and can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency, it is critical to have a phone nearby and immediately call 911.

Source: Florida Department of Health, Waterproof, FL