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LISTEN: Water Safety-What is a "Water Watcher"?

LISTEN: Water Safety-What is a

Swimming is a big part of summertime in South Florida, but unfortunately it's also the time of year we hear about drownings more often. 

Anna Stewart with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County reminds parents to watch their kids while they're in the pool.  She says the key word here is "watch".

"Put down that phone.  Put down that magazine, and watch the person that's in the water."

Anna tells us that people tend to get distracted easily and you're not always going to hear a child drowning.


"They might think that when a drowning happens, that a child is screaming or waving their hands or making a lot of noise and that is not the case.  Drownings are a silent death."

Anna says drownings often happen during pool parties, when the adults are busy and possibly intoxicated. 


"We recommend that there be a designated water watcher who's sober, who preferably knows CPR and who knows how to swim.  For 15 minutes, their sole responsibility is just to walk around the pool area to make sure that everything is okay."

After that fifteen minute period, she says the job should be given to someone else.  Anna calls that an added layer of protection and should not replace parents watching their own kids.

She also tells us all about the so-called ABCD's of water safety. 

 

 

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