Mission and vision
Water Smart Broward
Water Smart Broward is a county-wide drowning prevention initiative to create a water safety culture within each local community to protect children from drowning fatalities, disabilities and injuries.
Reduce fatal and non-fatal drowning among the most vulnerable population, children ages 1 to 4.
Provide education related to the four components of the Drowning Prevention Chain:
Close Constant Capable Supervision
Education Knowledge Of Risk
Denial of access to water
Acquisition of survival skills
Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force
Purpose: A community coalition to create, coordinate and monitor strategic prevention interventions throughout Broward County.
Mission: To protect children from drowning fatalities and aquatic related disabilities and injuries by promoting safer behaviors and strategic community-wide education within Broward County.
Vision: To achieve and sustain a zero drowning rate among children in Broward County.
- Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 – 4.
- Broward County has one of the highest rates of drowning fatalities among children ages 1 to 4 each year.
- Broward County has an average of 8 drowning fatalities annually among children ages 1 to 4.
- Most children who die from a drowning were never intended to be in the water . . . they wandered away from a supervised area to enter water alone.
Non-Fatal Drowning Hospitalization Admission Charges and Payer Source, Florida Residents
Median Admission Charge: $16,034
Total Admission Charges: > $16 million
- In Florida, drowning happen year round; however, most fatal and non-fatal drowning combined occur during the spring and summer.
- With the State of Florida being covered with a variety of different water sources, residents (and tourist) can not afford to let their guard down at any point throughout the year.
- Drownings happen in as little as 2″ of water and at any time of year.