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Preventing Drowning Accidents

According to a report from the Florida Department of Health, drowning is the main cause of death among children under the age of five in the state of Florida. From 2000 until 2005, 7.39 out of every 100,000 children were victims of drowning.

To reduce the risk of drowning and to keep both children and adults safe out on the water, keep the following advice in mind:

  • Always supervise children near water.
  • Fully enclose pools with gates and latches that close automatically, even if no children reside on your property.
  • Learn to swim with the help of a qualified instructor. Teach children to swim.
  • Wear a personal flotation device and ensure that all children wear the devices while in or near water.
  • Never dive into water of an unknown depth or if the water is less than nine feet deep.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Avoid swimming, boating, jet skiing, or partaking in other water sports when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

By following these precautionary measures, you can do your part to reduce the risk of drowning or of serious injuries due to swimming, diving, or boating accidents.

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The wrongful death of a loved one due to the negligence of others is a terrible tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to a drowning accident, you may be able to pursue legal action against the person or party responsible for your loss. To speak with an experienced and compassionate attorney, contact the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers of Salpeter Gitkin, LLP, at 954-467-8622.