‘ALL IT TAKES IS TWO INCHES OF WATER’: TIPS ON PREVENTING CHILD DROWNINGS IN LATEST SHERIFF’S PODCAST

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 21-7-7                                                                      Date: July 7, 2021

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A 5-year-old child died this holiday weekend in a drowning accident in a Pompano Beach pool. Sadly, it is a story we hear reported over and over. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under the age of five. So far this year in Florida there have been more than 50 children who have drowned. However, these deaths are preventable.

"Accidents happen every day," Cassie McGovern said. She speaks from experience. In August 2009, her 19-month-old daughter, Edna Mae, passed away in a tragic drowning accident. However, McGovern turned that heartbreak into action. Through the McGovern Foundation, she works tirelessly to raise awareness about water safety, and she joined Sheriff Gregory Tony on the latest Shop Talk with the Sheriff podcast to discuss her efforts.

“First and foremost, recognize that drownings are preventable. They don’t have to happen if we did simple things and put them in place. Understand that a drowning can happen to anybody at any point. Just the knowledge of that is crucial for families to understand,” McGovern said. 

Keep your family safe in and around water this summer by following these important safety reminders: 
  • A responsible adult should always supervise young children. 
  • Adults should avoid all distractions and actively monitor kids in the water. 
  • Keep small children within arm’s reach.
  • Install “child proof” fencing, locks, alarms, or sensors to keep children from entering pool areas. 
  • Teach your kids how to swim or float on their backs for air. 
  • Be sure rescue equipment and a telephone are nearby in the event of an emergency.
  • Learn CPR. 

For more important safety tips, sign up for the free Road 2 Safety program at https://sheriff.org/safety and listen to the latest Shop Talk with the Sheriff podcast for free here or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, iHeartRadio, Breaker, Overcast, RadioPublic and Castbox. 
 
To help keep you safe, Broward County offers swim lessons year-round. Take advantage of a $40 swim coupon at https://watersmartbroward.org/programs/kids-swim-coupon/ available to Broward County residents.

If you are interested in submitting questions or topics to discuss on an episode, please send a direct message via Facebook (@BrowardSheriffsOffice), Twitter (@browardsheriff), Instagram (@BrowardSheriffsOffice) or email the questions to AskTheSheriff@sheriff.org.

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