Water safety can NEVER be taken lightly! While swimming allows a child to have fun while exercising, there are risks that must be recognized given the drowning statistics we have. It requires training combined with being attentive to decrease the chances of drowning – and increase the level of fun!
Lots of things ensure the safety of children.
• Providing swimming lessons at a young age
• Supervising your child when they’re in the water
• Establishing water safety rules with children and family so the risks associated with water are understood
There are some common drowning statistics, but there are also some that you may not be as familiar with:
1. 163 children drowned in either a spa or pool this summer. Do not leave your child unsupervised in a pool, ever!
2. Drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs. This window of time is the only point at which they can be rescued. This is why it’s so important to have someone always watching the water if anyone is swimming.
3. Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1-4 years old. If you have a pool in your backyard, make sure that you take the time to childproof it by setting up barriers, fences, locks, and sturdy pool covers.
4. It takes only a couple of inches of water in a bathtub to drown a child. Be wary of bathtubs, deep puddles, and any other shallow water.
5. Most people do not yell or make noise above the water when they are drowning. Drowning statistics are high and common because people don’t know what signs to look for.
6. Not all survivors of a near drowning experience return to full brain functionality. It only takes a few minutes for oxygen deprivation to cause the death of brain cells, which is why CPR is such a life-saving skill to know.
7. More than half of the children who drown, do so in their home swimming pools. Making home pools safe is highly recommended.
It’s impossible to have too much knowledge about water safety and drowning risks. Every morsel of information simply increases your potential to keep the children around you safe from water injuries or fatalities.