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These tips can prevent a drowning

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Child at swim lessons

If your child is around water, that’s where your attention needs to be. A baby can drown in just 1 inch of water. That means if the phone is ringing, it can wait.


  • Drain the tub immediately once bath time is over. The same goes for wading pools. It's easier for children to climb inside an inflatable pool because of their flexibility and low sides.
  • Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks.
  • Keep the doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Learn CPR. You are your child’s first responder in an accident. CPR classes are offered through the American Red Cross and CPR Florida.

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