ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Two kids drowned in retention ponds in only the month of November. These kinds of occurrences, according to Orange County Fire Rescue, are avoidable. While some retention ponds in Central Florida have barricades surrounding them, many do not, and they are extremely dangerous.
It’s quite quiet when people are drowning, according to assistant fire marshal Inez Pressler. It doesn’t make a lot of noise. None of them are shouting. They’re not yelling at you. The splash is not that large. It usually keeps quiet. The top cause of mortality for kids between the ages of one and four is drowning, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
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“My worst fear is drowning, and my daughter is 10 years old. I can’t emphasize enough how crucial taking swimming lessons is, according to Ashley Gipson, the OCFR’s public relations representative. Children’s swim instruction and water safety are provided by OCFR in collaboration with the Children’s Safety Village, particularly during the summer. Children are taught survival swimming skills, such as swimming on their backs and how to reach the pool’s edge.
Actively watching your children is one of the most crucial pieces of advice experts offer for parents. No, Pressler responded, “I mean watching them while you’re still on your phone, continuously. I mean watching them while they’re anywhere near water.” Any body of water can pose a risk, according to experts, including buckets of water, retention ponds, and pools.
“If you have these risks, make sure the windows and doors have high locks and alarms or some other type of chime so you know when they are opening and closing. Additionally, people must watch out for pet doors, according to Pressler. The pool, spa, bathtub, or any other body of water close to the home should be the first location to search if a child goes missing, according to experts. Visit the Children’s Safety Village and the Orange County government for further information on water safety and drowning prevention advice.