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Pool and Water Safety

Did you know..?

  • 90% of drownings occur when a child walks out the door without anyone noticing.
  • The majority children who drowned walked out of their home out through the sliding glass door! 
  • 1-3 year olds are the most likely to drown!


Drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages one to four in Broward County. Drowning is preventable!

A majority of toddler drowning fatalities occur because of a brief lapse in supervision within the home or play area of the yard.

  • Never leave children unsupervised in or around a body of water - even for a moment. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water in less than one minute.
  • Install a self-closing gate around the pool.
  • Alarm every door leading to water to alert you if a child has gone outside.
  • Teach children water and swimming skills.
  • During pool parties or family beach gatherings, designate an adult to watch the children.
  • Remove any toys that may attract children to the pool area.
  • Install a pool cover to securely cover the water area.
  • Install a poolside, cordless phone.
  • Keep lifesaving equipment - a pole, life preserver and rope - in the pool area.
  • Children with long hair should have it back in a ponytail.
  • Avoid keeping water in buckets or other large containers when toddlers are home.
  • Don't rely on flotation devices to protect your children in the water.

Drowning Prevention Checklist

  • Constant adult supervision by an adult who knows how to swim
  • Learn to swim - swimming skills reduces the risk of drowning, especially for children
    ages 1 - 4
  • Install and use pool barriers, including a fence surrounding water with a self-closing gate that locks or a secured pool cover that remains in place at all times that the pool is not in use
  • Use childproof locks on all doors leading to water
  • Ensure alarms for doors and windows leading to pool are activated
  • Remove above-ground pool stairs when pool not in use
  • Have lifesaving equipment in pool area.  
  • Pool chemicals and supplies are locked in a secure area
  • Child is watched in bathtub at all times
  • Parent and / or caregiver know CPR

Learn to Swim | Swim Lessons for Infants through Adult
Here in Weston, the Weston YMCA offers swimming lessons for all ages.  

More Information

Visit the City of Weston YouTube Channel for Informational Drowning Prevention videos:

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