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‘NOT ON MY WATCH’ - Drowning matters every day, not just every May


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 the 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.

St Augustine, Florida, December 17 —

An infant was taken to the hospital in unknown condition after being found in a home swimming pool.

Palm Beach, Florida, December 18 –

A 2 1/2-year-old child was pronounced deceased two days after he was found unresponsive in the swimming pool when he got out of the home undetected.

Cutler Bay, Florida, December 19 —

A 3-year-old was in critical condition after she was rescued from a backyard pool.

Miami-Dade, Florida, December 22 —

A 3-year-old autistic child was pronounced deceased three days after she was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at the Air BnB where the family was vacationing.

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