The Volusia County Health Department joins the city of Daytona Beach in raising awareness about drowning prevention measures aimed at keeping children safe in the water this swimming season and throughout the year.
"Drowning is a leading, but preventable, cause of death and injury among children under 5," said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Volusia County Health Department. "It is important to add layers of protection in and around the water to save lives. You can never know which safety measure will save a life, until it does."
This partnership supports efforts such as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's Pool Safely-Simple Steps Save Lives campaign – a national public education effort to reduce child drownings, near-drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spa – and the Department of Health's pool safety campaign called Water Proof Florida.
Residents are encouraged to follow these water safety measures:
Install barriers that completely surround the pool with self-closing, self-latching gates
Have a shepherd's hook and/or lifesaver near the pool
Have compliant drain covers to prevent swimmers from being caught in the drains
Watch children at the pool
Learn and practice water safety skills
Know how to swim and perform CPR
Have alarms and sensors to alert when someone is by the pool