Water is everywhere, especially during summer activities and events. The stats are shocking to me but then when I think about the number of family and friends I know who have had their lives turned upside-down because of an accidental drowning of a child, the shock fades and is replaced with harsh reality. Knowing that a child can drown in less than two minutes is also alarming to me when I think about how many times I’ve taken “two minutes” to do something.
Here are some alarming stats and some tips from our friends at Goldfish Swim School on how to help prevent children in your care from being a statistic.
Key Statistics of Child Drownings
Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4.
Drowning is the 2nd leading cause among kids 14 and under.
Drowning happens quickly — often in less than two minutes.
Top 5 Water Safety Tips
1. Put your cell phone away.
Give your kids 100 percent of your attention when they are in or around water.
2. Never leave your child unattended in or around water.
Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
3. Make no assumptions.
Many water-related incidents occur within a crowd. Never assume that someone else is watching your child.
4. Be aware of water everywhere.
Keep bathroom and laundry rooms closed.
5. Learn CPR.
We know, you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list.
6. Start swim lessons early.
The American Pediatric Association encourages beginning swim lessons as early as four months of age. Children can learn to swim before they learn to walk.