DCF Southern Region partners with state Rep. David Richardson for water safety campaign

For Immediate Release:
June 26th, 2015

Contact:
Ana Valdes
DCF Southern Region Communications Director
786-257-5056
Ana.Valdes2@myflfamilies.com

DCF Southern Region partners with state Rep. David Richardson for water safety campaign
Rep. Richardson will read swim safety book to children in Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Department of Children and Families’ Southern Region and the Office of state Rep. David Richardson are partnering to promote water safety this summer.

Rep. Richardson will be reading a book about water safety to approximately 30-40 three and four-year-olds at two events next week. The first is at 11 a.m. Monday, June 29th at South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The second is at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2nd at Normandy Isle Park, 7030 Trouville Esplanade, Miami Beach.

“We are thrilled that Rep. Richardson has joined us as we try to promote swimming classes for children and safety around our pools and beaches this summer,” said Bronwyn Stanford, Regional Managing Director for DCF’s Southern Region. “We need to get the word out to as many families as possible that learning to swim saves lives.”

“I am pleased to partner with the Department of Children and Families and participate in these water safety events. In Miami Beach we are literally surrounded by water; it is therefore imperative that we teach children water safety,” said Rep. Richardson.

DCF has launched a Water Safety Campaign to reduce child drownings. Since 2009, 490 Florida child drownings have been reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline.

The campaign promotes four rules for children to follow around water:

 

  • Never go near water without an adult.
  • Wear a lifejacket.
  • Learn how to swim.
  • If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or find an adult.

 

DCF has partnered with Pool Safely to provide additional tools and resources to promote awareness. For more information, visit www.poolsafely.gov/pledge. The Southern Region also has partnered with the Florida Department of Health’s WaterproofFL campaign. For more information, visit WaterproofFL.com.

WHO: Florida Department of Children and Families’ Southern Region and the Office of state Rep. David Richardson

WHAT: Water Safety book reading

WHEN: 11 a.m. Monday, June 29th and Thursday, July 2nd. Media are invited to attend.

WHERE: South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach and Normandy Isle Park, 7030 Trouville Esplanade Miami Beach

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