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Drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages 1-4 in Broward County. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has taken a leadership role as one of the main partners working to reduce the number of deaths in children due to drowning. Our staff serves as a resource for drowning prevention information and education, provides technical assistance, consultations, and training to local public and private organizations.

Drowning Prevention Community Initiative:
Through funding from the Children’s Service Council of Broward County, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County leads the efforts in drowning prevention in Broward County by coordinating a community-wide response to this issue. The initiative is carried out following a community action plan.

Drowning Prevention Task Force:                          
The Drowning Prevention Task Force is a community coalition that addresses drowning prevention and related issues in Broward County. Coalition members include experts in aquatics, public health, law enforcement, fire rescue, local hospitals, pediatricians, family strengthening providers, children services providers, local municipalities and community members.

Community Education:
Drowning Prevention education and awareness training is provided through the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Division for Community Education.

For more information about drowning prevention and the Drowning prevention Task Force, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County Drowning Prevention Program at 954-213-0712 or 954-467-4807 or email us Opens in a new browser

Links to Drowning Prevention Resources:

Water Smart Babies Brochure (English)  Opens in a new browser 1 mb

Water Smart Babies Brochure (Spanish) Opens in a new browser 1 mb

Autism, Elopement & Drowning (English) Opens in a new browser 7.24 mb

Home Pool Safety Checklist Opens in a new browser 3.36 mb

For a list of swimming programs in Broward County, please click here:
Broward County Swimming Programs Opens in a new browser

Water Safety tips:
Layers of Protection around Aquatic Environments to Prevent Child Drowning Opens in a new browser

Water safety guidelines:
American Academy of Pediatrics Guidance on Water Safety and Drowning PreventionOpens in a new browser

Did you know..?

           A Child is 100 times more likely to drown in a pool than be killed by a gun!

           90% of the drowning occurs when the child walks out the door without one noticing!

           The majority children who drowned walked out of their home out through the sliding glass door!

           1-3 year olds are the most likely to drown!

We are working to change this statistics. Please join us.

Our partner:

Children’s Services Council of Broward County Opens in a new browser


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