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July 11, 2008: City promotes water safety as drowning incidents are on the rise

Florida leads the country in drownings of children ages 1 to 4, and Broward has the highest rate in the state. Such statistics make accidental drownings the leading cause of death for Broward children under 5.

Sixty-nine percent of the time, one or both parents are in the immediate area. And in over 77 percent of drowning deaths, the child had been seen five minutes or less before being missed and found in the pool. If your child is missing, check the pool immediately.

“Drowning is not caused by a lack of supervision, but by a lapse in supervision,” Coral Springs Aquatic Services Director Mike McGoun said, who offers a variety of swim classes for pre-beginners and up at the Aquatic Complex.

Pool safety seems obvious, but is often neglected. Aside from alarms, fences, pool covers, etc., the best security is constant adult supervision. Be sure your kids know how to swim and as a parent, learn CPR.

For more tips on water safety, CPR classes, Learn to Swim lessons and more, visit the City’s new page at

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