CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Many people spent the holiday at the beach or by the pool. But if your children can't swim yet, the fear of drowning has many parents on edge.
Wink News spoke with a Charlotte County inventor who says he hopes his new product gives parents peace of mind.
"The first thing we learned is how many children actually drown in Florida. It's tragic," said inventor Russell Rusakov, ""We designed this system to help prevent that and also our own grandchildren who come to visit us, we want to make sure they are well protected."
It looks like a simple wristband, but it's called the Safety Angel System.
"They actually have a locking buckle. The parent holds onto the key and secures it to the child's wrist. Once it's on there and the system is armed, you are totally protected, up to 200 feet," he said.
The device transmits a signal and if your child falls into even one inch of water the alarm will sound and the unit will light up.
Rusakov says he's experienced a close call himself, when his own son nearly drowned.
"I walked away for a moment, he went into the ocean and before I knew it I heard someone scream, 'That little boy is drowning. I turned around and wondering who the stupid parent was and it was me,'" Rusakov said.
Now he hopes to give other parents peace of mind and help prevent tragedy.
The wristbands work in both fresh and salt water.
For more information on these water safety systems visit http://www.suddenlysafensecuresystems.com/