Drowning is the number two cause of accidental deaths in children, age 15 and under. Of the estimated children who will die from drowning, many of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult (source: CDC).
How to Prevent Drowning…
- SUPERVISION. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, as in be close enough to reach the child at all times. Adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children.
- BUDDY SYSTEM. Always swim with a buddy. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards whenever possible.
- AVOID ALCOHOL. Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
- LEARN TO SWIM. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, constant, careful supervision and barriers such as pool fencing are necessary even when children have completed swimming classes.
- LEARN CPR. In the time it might take for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could make a difference in someone’s life. CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to improve outcomes in drowning victims.
- DO NOT USE AIR-FILLED OR FOAM TOYS. Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets (personal flotation devices). These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
I received these water safety tips to prevent drowning from Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys Blawg.
Here are some more great tips:
• Teach your children to stay away from pool drains.
• Don’t allow children to wear dangly necklaces or wear their hair long and loose in or around the pool, to prevent getting entangled in a drain.
• Don’t leave toys in the pool when they’re not in use.
• Empty the wading pool when it’s not in use and store it upside down. ”
Swim Safe and Enjoy the Summer!