Drowning Prevention in the State of Florida

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        Around 1.2 million people around the world die from drowning each year, which comes out to around two persons per minute, and sadly, more than 50% are children. In a state where swimming pools and beaches are popular, Florida has one of the highest drowning rates for children in the nation. Most of these incidents might have been prevented had we been more educated on drown prevention tips. People can drown any where there is water. Whether you are at a beach, public pool, or around the house, there is the danger of drowning, especially for young children.

        In order to prevent a fatal accident there are some safety tips you may want to heed. First and foremost, make sure everyone in your family knows how to swim. There are many public pools that offer convenient swimming lessons. Children can even drown with many adults around. Just because there are adults present doesn’t mean they are watching the children. So, be sure to keep a strict eye on young children when they are around water. Even a full bath tub could be dangerous for a young child. Also make sure your young children have some sort of floating device such as a life vest when around pools, beaches, or on any sort of watercraft. Be aware that many people who drown are males, which is most likely because they are more willing to test their swimming abilities through potentially dangerous water sports.

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        No matter where you are this summer, remember that drowning is a huge cause of death in our state and that there are things we can do to prevent it. There are some other additional drowning prevention tips along with important facts on the following websites: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdBrevard/OPI/DrownPrev.html and http://www.shands.org/hospitals/UF/professionals/trauma/Drowning.pdf.

        In addition to making sure you and your loved ones enjoy a safe summer, we at Westgate-Jones Insurance Agency are dedicated to meeting all of your insurance needs. Whether you are interested in a personal or commercial insurance policy, we are here for you.

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