WATER SAFETY

Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 % are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning. 75 % are missing from sight for five minutes or less.

Orange County, CA, Fire Authority

Today ten children will likely lose their life to drowning. Many more will suffer permanent brain damage. The majority of these situations are preventable. We must do all we can to educate people into keeping children safe.

For more tips on how to keep children safe from drowning, please download our multi- organizational Education Project "Parent's Preventing Childhood Drowning"

Drowning Prevention Brochure

Keeping children safe in and around water, even when they are not supposed to be near water, requires many different layers of protection. Many parents believe they will simply never allow their children to be in water alone. But this wish, is unrealistic. Statistics like the ones above demonstrate the need to share the realities of drowning and help parents keep their children safe.


At Swim Safe Forever, we look forward for the opportunity to educate our community about water safety. Please help us spread the message of water safety to save the lives of children in your community. If you would like to schedule a Swim Safe Forever educator to talk to a group about water safety or request attendance at a community event, please contact

swimsafeforever@gmail.com

 

Visit our national project , Parents Preventing Childhood Drowning, for

detailed drowning prevention information, brochures, and posters that

you can implement in your community to educate others.

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Measures of safety include

ALWAYS WATCH

Constant eyes on adult supervision. Assign a Water Watcher. Take 15 minute shifts.

Wear a badge!

GATES

Install 4 ft tall safety fences around all sides of the pool.

Install self latching & self closing gates

REMOVE CHAIRS

Removal of lawn chairs and other furniture that may be used to climb safety fences

CPR TRAINING

Find a local CPR Training online

REMOVE POOL TOYS

Removal of pool toys from the water when not in use to avoid temptation

HAVE A PHONE NEARBY

Having a phone on the pool deck at all times to call 911. Turn off notifications to reduce distraction. Do not use it for social calls while supervising children in the water

Community Involvement:

  • Attended the National AAP Conference in Orlando FL in October 2018 with the PPCD Project.

  • Founding team member of the national multi-organizational Drowning Prevention Project "Parents Preventing Childhood Drowning" (PPCD) in August of 2018.

  • Presented Educational Material at Brevard County sponsored Parent Workshop November 2018.

  • Presented Educational Material at the Be a Buddy 5K in Brevard County, October 2018.

  • Presented Educational Material at the Hurricane Seminar hosted by Hippo Roofing.

  • Hosted a Water Safety Day & 5K from 2010-2015. 

  • Partnered with the Brevard Country Department of Health in printing and distributing 10,000 brochures throughout the county through local hospitals, clinics, and other events.

  • Attended several events throughout the Brevard County to distribute materials and educate: Parent Workshops, Junior Life Guard Regional Championships,

  • Pineapple Kids Triathlon, etc. 

  • Participant in Dare me For Charity event (2014).

  • Recipient of educational grant through the 2013 Dr. Neil Lowry Award through            efforts put in place by the Brevard County Environmental Health Services.

Highlights

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Participating in Dare me For Charity Reality Show Event

Establishing Water Safety Month for the month of May in Brevard County Florida.

First Flight Trauma Helicopter providing education during Water Safety Day

Static display by City of Melbourne Fire Department at Water Safety Day

ADDRESS Swim Safe Forever

NORTH CAROLINA

PO Box 324

Point Harbor, NC 27964

FLORIDA

PO Box 33151

Indialantic, FL 32903

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