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Broward Congresswoman fights to save Florida kids from drowning

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A kid enjoys the water during the opening day of the public open air pool in Cologne, Germany, on a warm and sunny Thursday, May 21, 2020. Public swimming pools in Germany are starting the summer season as the government is easing the coronavirus lockdown rules. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Swimming pool safety is top-of-mind for Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who has introduced the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Reauthorization Act.

Wasserman Schultz, who represents Broward County,  says the legislation will help reduce drownings by increasing layers of protection in the event an adult is not supervising.

She says she is a mother of three, two of whom are twins, and she knows that no parent can watch their children 100% of the time.

The Act requires every public pool to install safe drain covers, initiates a grant program incentivizing states to have their safety laws and creates a national public education campaign to raise awareness about drowning prevention.

Florida leads the nation in the drowning rate of kids younger than five, hitting a record high last year with 98 reported.