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Drowning matters every day, not just every May

‘NOT ON MY WATCH’

Drowning injuries and fatalities are so commonplace that the stories could fill up whole newspapers.

The CDC estimates that about 10 people die from drowning in the U. S. every day.

Children ages 1 through 4 have the highest drowning rates and most of those drownings happen in home swimming pools.

Drowning events are real, tragic, frequently preventable, and much more than just statistics.

There are measures that service technicians can take to promote drowning awareness.

Speak to parents about removing toys and other temptations from the pool area. Encourage parents to learn about layers of protection: pool covers, gates and alarms.

Remind parents there is no substitution for total supervision around the pool area.

Service professionals are in peoples’ backyards every day, and in a unique position to point out danger areas, but may not do so unless the drowning problem is brought home to them.

To that end, the following is a description of just some of the drowning incidents that have recently occurred.

Broward, Florida, February 16 —

A 1-year-old child was pronounced deceased after she was found unresponsive in the family’s swimming pool.

She had been playing outside with her mother.

Orange, Florida, February 17 —

A 5-year-old child was pronounced deceased 3 days

after she was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at the Air BNB where the family was vacationing.

Osceola, Florida, February 26 —

A 4-year-old child was pronounced deceased after he was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at a vacation home where the family was staying while visiting from out of state.

Polk, Florida February 27 —

A 5-year-old child was pronounced deceased after he was found unresponsive in a swimming pool after he got out of the home undetected while at a birthday party with relatives.

Coral Springs, Florida, March 6 —

A 1-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool.

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