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The state Department of Health in Volusia County is offering free door alarms as part of the statewide Waterproof Florida drowning prevention campaign.
The alarms can be placed on a door or window leading out to a pool. The alarm will alert homeowners whenever the door is opened.
"Supervision plays a crucial role in the protection of our children," said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the state Department of Health in Volusia. "We hope that by providing these alarms to our residents we can help to provide them with a safer home for their families."
The campaign promotes three layers of protection to raise awareness about pool safety measures.
No. 1. Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool.
No. 2. Barriers. A child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by a guardian. Barriers physically block a child from the pool.
No. 3. Emergency Preparedness. The moment a child stops breathing there is a small, precious window of time in which resuscitation may occur, but only if someone knows what to do. Even if you're not a parent, it's important to learn CPR. The techniques are easy to learn and can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency, it is critical to have a phone nearby and immediately call 911.
The free door alarms are available while supplies last at:
121 W. Rich Ave., DeLand
717 W. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach
1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach
3151 Howland Blvd., Deltona