The Children’s Safety Village (CSV) of Central Florida and The Gift of Swimming (GOS) recently served as hosts to a kick-off event for their new National Drowning Awareness Prevention campaign urging parents to learn about pool safety and take action to prevent drowning deaths. The campaign, which includes everything from water-safety tips to free pool inspections, is considered critical to helping save lives – particularly in Florida, where the drowning rate for children between one and four years of age is 186% higher than the nation’s most populous states.
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Speakers included: Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings; Kathy Baldwin, executive director of GOS; Kevin Sherin, M.D., director with the Orange County Department of Health; and CSV Board Member Richard Schwamm, senior partner of the Orlando office of the law firm Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm.
The event, which took place at the CSV facility, provided parents with information about water-safety and drowning prevention as well as tips to ensure their homes and swimming pools are safe. In addition, children enrolled in the SouthWest Aquatics program participated in a pool-safety demonstration.
GOS provides access to drowning prevention resources for community and routinely partners with CSV, a “miniature city” that teaches a curriculum to help the community prevent childhood accidents and injuries. As part of the campaign to keep children safe, CSV is offering free pool inspections for the community, and GOS is providing free swimming lessons. More information is available here.