Monthly Archives: May 2014

Drowning is a Serious Threat to Families with Small Children

The relaxed days of summer vacation can be deadly and tragic for families with small children in Florida.  The Centers for Disease Control report Florida overwhelmingly has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for 1-4 year olds.  Between January and October 2011, 55 children, between the ages of 0-4 died in Florida.  In 2013, between January and June, 19 toddlers have died in the 12 counties of Central Florida as reported by the Department of Children and Families.  For every child that dies, 5 more receive emergency care for non-fatal submersion that often leads to irreversible brain damage. Florida Department