Cape Coral Police Department- Drowning Prevention And Pool Safety

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While most people are staying home with their children, those with pools need to be vigilant in making sure their children are staying safe. It only takes a second for a child to slip out a back door and fall into a pool. The statistics below are from the DCF database.

  • As of June 15, there have been 33 child drowning fatalities in 2020, a 37.5% increase from that time last year.

  • Since the initial analysis in mid-April, 19 deaths have been added to the DCF database for 2020.

  • Just over 72% of fatalities in the database for 2020 occurred in home swimming pools.

  • In at least 69% of cases, narrative provided in the DCF dataset indicates a gap in supervision allowed the child to “get out of the home undetected”.

Tips to help keep children safe:

  • Always stay in an arms length of your children while they are in water.

  • Avoid using your phone. Phones are a huge distraction.

  • Do not rely on water wings

  • Sign Kids up for swimming lessons

  • Have safety gear, a reach pole, life jacket, throw rope

  • Teach children the safety rules:

    • No running near the pool

    • No diving in the shallow end

    • No pushing people in

    • No pulling other kids under the water

    • No swimming without adult supervision

  • Learn how to perform CPR on your child.

  • Install a secure fence around the pool.