Summer Safety Series: Swim Safety

Summer Safety Series: Swim Safety

Children’s favorite ventures usually involve playing in the water. However, we have to make sure it is done safely.  Unfortunately, drowning can occur quickly and in less than 1 inch of water.

Death by drowning is among the ten most common causes of death worldwide and children account for 1 in 4 drowning deaths.  Nearly half of those are children under four years old.  Babies are more likely to drown in a tub at home while toddlers are more likely to drown in a home pool.

As a parent, take into account these basic recommendations:

  • Prepare your child for water: swimming lessons can save your child’s life.
  • If water is nearby, it is important to be extra vigilant. Most accidental drownings occur while children weren’t even supposed to be in the water.
  • If you own a pool you need a self latching 4 sided pool fence that keeps the pool separate from the house and yard. You should also have alarms on any doors that lead from the house towards the pool.
  • Flotation devices such as vests, rings, rafts, and tubes can provide a false sense of security and are not effective in protecting a child from drowning. Never use them as a replacement for constant adult supervision. Young children should always be in arm’s reach of an adult in the water.
  • If you are hosting a pool party have a designated adult in charge of watching the children in the pool. It is an excellent idea to hire a lifeguard for the party just to do this.