IN HONOR OF MY SON, SYLAS ALEXANDER GATLYN

A mission to protect more children from accidental drownings

We need your support on The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act (SB 1826). Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. This bill was created in honor of my 14 month old son Sylas, to ensure every child under 5 years of age is protected in their home from an accidental drowning.

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IN HONOR OF MY SON, SYLAS ALEXANDER GATLYN

A mission to protect more children from accidental drownings

We need your support on The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act (SB 1826). Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. This bill was created in honor of my 14 month old son Sylas, to ensure every child under 5 years of age is protected in their home from an accidental drowning. We need your help.

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+3960 Deaths
Annually in the US
Ages 1-4
Children ages 1-4 are at the highest risk
Fatal Drownings
Leading cause of unintentional injury death in children ages 1-4
50% accidents
Require hospitalization

Accidental drownings can happen the first day you move into your new home.

Our kids are always glued to us. We never think they will be out of our sight. Drownings are silent. It takes 20 seconds before they’re unconscious. 5 minutes before permanent brain damage. Over 5 minutes will likely lead to death or severe neurological damage.

The U.S is seeing the biggest spike in child drowning deaths

Florida drowning deaths are the highest in the nation with over 1.1 million swimming pools. The U.S has over 10 million pools. Our children are at the highest risk of unintentional drowning.

"Florida Drowning Deaths are up 70% since this time last year"
Water Smart Tots Organization
Drownings are silent

Drownings are responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause.

Toddlers and young children are experts at momentarily escaping adult supervision. Among those ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death following motor vehicle crashes.

Ensure your swimming pool has a physical barrier in place as well as multiple layers of protection to protect your child from an accidental drowning.

These pool safety preventative measures can save our children's lives. Just like you cannot leave the hospital without a carseat when your baby is born, all homes with swimming pools MUST have a physical barrier in place any time a child under the age of 5 is in the home. The more layers of protection in place, the better.

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Pool Fence

Install a permanent 4-sided fence with self-locking gates. This is the only physical barrier between your pool and your child.

Pool Alarm

Pool alarm systems can notify you the second the accident occurs, giving you just enough time to react.

Door Alarms

Make sure all doors and windows leading to the pool are locked and alarmed.

THE SYLAS ALEXANDER GATLYN ACT

Please ask your state reps and senators to support The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act

Don’t let our children be another statistic. Help pass the SYLAS ALEXANDER GATLYN ACT to prevent more drowning tragedies in children. Legislation and awareness can close the gaps our babies needs to be protected in their own homes.


SB 1826The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act requires a swimming pool at a residence that has a child younger than 5 years of age residing at the residence must have a physical barrier that meets the requirements of this section in place any time the child is present at the residence and the pool is not being used or cleaned.

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