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Release Number: 19-167
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- April 15, 2019
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Sheriff Chad Chronister Releases Pool Safety PSA
Sheriff Chronister offers a number of safety tips reminding parents of the best way to play it safe around pools.
- April 15, 2019
- Time: 3:26 PM
Sheriff Chad Chronister Offers Pool Safety Tips:
With summer approaching and the temperature heating back up, more families will be taking a dip in the nearest swimming pool to cool off in the coming weeks. To promote water safety and drowning prevention, Sheriff Chad Chronister issued a public service announcement (PSA) on Monday, April 15, reminding parents of the best way to play it safe around pools.
In the video message posted to social media, Sheriff Chronister shared eye-open statistics, including the fact that each year 1,150 children under the age of 14 drown, and a swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a car to be involved in the death of a child less than four years old. Most drownings occur in residential swimming pools, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sheriff Chronister offered a number of safety tips, including inspecting areas surrounding pools daily for slip hazards, such as toys, floats and cleaning supplies, and installing safety measures to know when children are near a home pool.
"Never assume an infant or a toddler can't get to a pool," said Sheriff Chronister. "The best safety measure you can take is installing a gate around your pool and alarms that alert you when the gate is open." He added that it is never too late to teach children how to swim at one of the many facilities in the Tampa Bay area that offers swimming lessons.