June 06, 2014
Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Trauma Center announces that it is again launching its Water Safety program in collaboration with waterproofFL. The goal of the campaign is to call awareness to the necessary barriers to save a child’s life in and around water.
Florida continues to lead the country in drowning deaths of children ages one to four. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Trauma Center’s literature states, “Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes you take to throw in a load of laundry. You are the first 'layer of protection’ in helping protect children around swimming pools.”
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Emergency Services Department reminds us that there are three layers of protection:
- Supervision – The latest statistics available state that 71% of drowning occurred in residential swimming pools. Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means that someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool.
- Barriers – A child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by a guardian. The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act (Chapter 515, Florida Statues) requires one of the following pool safety measures for pools built after October 1, 2000.
- Child-proof locks on all doors
- Pool safety fence – with child-proof self-latching devices on all gates
- An approved safety cover
- Door/window and pool alarms
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Trauma Center strongly recommends the use of a combination of the barriers described above.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is offering a complimentary package of “Water Watcher” tags to further promote water safety. Each tag states, “I am wearing this tag to help prevent children from drowning. I agree to supervise children in and around water. I will not leave the area without a replacement.”
For a complimentary package of Water Watcher tags and other literature, please call 727-869-5498 or toll free 877-442-2362.