April & May – Pool Safety FACTS

“POOL SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.”

Here are the hard-knock facts from the Florida Department of Health Injury Prevention Initiative:

  • In Florida, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1-4.
  • The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, F.S. Chapter 515, requires only one physical barrier for pools built after 2000.
  • The Florida Department of Health strongly recommends multiple barriers to help ensure safety and using “layers of protection” to help prevent drowning.
  • Drowning is silent and only takes a minute.
  • The average hospital stay is two days with a median admission charge of $10,713.
  • 34% of these stays are covered by Medicaid.
  • The monetary cost of drowning in Florida for a year is greater than $16 million.
  • Over 90% of Florida’s home swimming pools were built before the law. “Does your pool have the necessary barriers to save a child’s life?”