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Drowning Prevention

There are more places to swim in Southwest Florida than most places on earth; it’s no wonder, then, that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for Florida children ages 4 and under.

Safe Kids Lee and Collier County is committed to educating parents about water safety. There is absolutely no substitute for adult supervision, but additional layers of protection are recommended:

• Have an adult present at all times
• Install barriers such as pool fencing, special locks on doors or alarms on doors leading out to the pool
• Have a life preserver and a cell phone nearby

Learn to Swim – find a Swim Safety Program: DOWNLOAD PDF Updated July 2015!


Sun Safety With swimming, often comes sun!
Question: When is it okay for kids to be red like a lobster?
Answer: Never! A lobster isn’t bright red until it’s cooked, and neither are kids. Just one blistering sunburn as a child can double the risk of melanoma during your lifetime. More than one in four Americans develop skin cancers, making childhood education about sun safety a vital step towards reducing risk. Pediatricians recommend protecting children and adults every day with clothing, hats, SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen and sunglasses with 100 percent UVA/UVB protection. Children under six months old may use sunscreen, but the best protection at that age is to avoid the sun.
For additional resources, research and activities to promote water safety, click here.

For information and events in Southwest Florida, call 239-343-6199 or e-mail
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Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
9981 S. HealthPark Dr., Suite 456, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Phone: 239-343-6199 • Fax: 239-343-6492 •