Florida Senate Bill 960

Help pass The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act

We need everyone’s support to help pass a bill relating to residential swimming pools to keep more children safe in their homes. Please share and ask your state reps and senators to support The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act.

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Hello, my name is [NAME], and I would love and appreciate your support on Annette Taddeo's Senate Bill 960 "Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act", a bill relating to residential swimming pools in honor of 14 month old Sylas who lost his life to an accidental drowning May of last year. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. By closing gaps in legislation in addition to awareness, we can end this statistic that hasn't changed in decades. Our children need us now more than ever.

The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act requires an approved pool safety barrier to be used in a residence that has a young child residing at the residence when the pool is not being used or cleaned. It requires home inspectors to specify on their written report whether a swimming pool meets the necessary requirements. It requires a property owner who owns a home with a pool to provide the buyer purchasing the home with specified information related to pool safety, drowning prevention and the responsibilities of pool ownership. The purchaser will need to acknowledge receipt of this in writing, providing an effective date.

With your support, we can save more children from this heartbreaking statistic. Thank you so much.

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/960/BillText/Filed/pdf

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4

Toddlers and young children are experts at momentarily escaping adult supervision. Drownings are absolutely silent. It takes less than 20 seconds before they’re unconscious. 5 minutes before permanent brain damage. Over 5 minutes will likely lead to death or severe neurological damage.

Drowning tragedies can be prevented through increased awareness and closing gaps in legislation

I had never heard about the drowning statistic until it was too late. Until I lost my entire heart and soul. My only child. Throughout the home buying process, we need to add steps that allows parents to understand the importance of water safety, drowning prevention and responsibilities of pool ownership.

"We need to think about pool safety, the same way we think about car safety"
- Andrea Montoya

The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act

These additions to legislation will never be about politics. They are small changes that can create big impacts for the future of our children. They exist to ensure no parent ever has to outlive their child and go through the greatest pain imaginable. Please ask your state representatives and senators to support this bill in honor of Sylas.

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SB 960The Sylas Alexander Gatlyn Act requires an approved pool safety barrier to be used in a residence that has a young child residing at the residence when the pool is not being used or cleaned.
SB 960It requires home inspectors to specify on their written report whether a swimming pool meets the necessary requirements.
SB 960It requires a property owner who owns a home with a pool to provide the person purchasing the home with specified information related to pool safety, drowning prevention and the responsibilities of pool ownership. The purchaser will need to acknowledge receipt of this in writing, providing an effective date.
We miss you and love you so much Sylas. Everything we do, we do for you.