Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children between 1 and 4 years old. Sadly, Florida traditionally leads the country in drowning deaths for that age group. In just 2011, 68 children under the age of 5 drowned in Florida —enough children to fill a school bus.
Drowning can happen quickly and quietly. It’s nothing like television with someone screaming and splashing their arms frantically. Oftentimes, people silently slip under water.
While most drownings happen in swimming pools, they also can happen in the home. The majority of infants who drown die in bathtubs or large buckets, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
For more information, about water safety or how to enroll a child in swimming classes, visit the website of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County at: