Keep Your Eye On The Kids - Prevent Drowning

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Child Drowning

Most drowning incidents in children occur in residential pools.

However, young children can drown in less than two inches of water. In fact, each year children drown in bathtubs, buckets, coolers, ponds, ditches, fountains, hot tubs, toilets, pet water bowls and wading pools.


Pool submersions involving children happen quickly and silently, with most child drowning victims missing from sight for less than five minutes. Most drowning deaths occur when the parent or caregiver gets distracted by the telephone, doorbell or household chores.

Children can drown in a matter of seconds. So if a child is missing, always check the water first. Childhood drowning can be prevented. Here are some tips from the Pinellas County Health Department for safety around the home.