Who’s at risk?
Drowning claims the lives of nearly 3,000 people every year. Although all age groups are represented, children four years old and younger have the highest death rate due to drowning. Most drowning and near-drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.
You can prevent drowning with these practical tips:
- Never leave a child alone near water: on the beach, at a pool, or in the bathtub. If you must leave, take
your child with you.
- Kids don’t drown only in pools. Bathtubs, buckets, toilets and hot tubs present drowning dangers as well.
- Enroll children over age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. But keep in mind that
lessons don’t make your child “drown-proof.”
- Teach your children these four key swimming rules:
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Don’t dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump feet first to avoid hitting your head on a shallow bottom.
- Don’t push or jump on others.
- Be prepared for an emergency.
- Always follow posted safety precautions when visiting water parks.
- If you’re visiting a public pool, keep an eye on your kids. Lifeguards aren’t babysitters.
- Never consume alcohol when operating a boat or swimming.
- Always use approved personal flotation devices (life jackets).
- Don’t underestimate the power of water. Even rivers and lakes can have undertows.
- Always have a first-aid kit and emergency phone contacts handy. Parents should be trained in CPR
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This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008