Drowning is responsible for taking the lives of 300 people every year in the United States. Furthermore, most of those drownings occur in the summer months. Young people are most likely to drown or have a near drowning incident. The highest death by drowning rate is ascribed to children aged four and under. They most frequently occur when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.
Always follow these common sense tips to prevent a drowning disaster in your family:
- Also supervise children around water. This includes the beach, the pool or the bathtub
- Also supervise young children around toilets, buckets and hot tubs. If you have to leave, take your child with you
- All children over the age of three, should receive swimming lessons by a qualified instructor
- If taking your child to a water park, make sure that both you and your child follow all of the posted safety rules
- At a public pool, looking out for you child is not the lifeguard's responsibility - it is yours!
- Instil basic swimming rules in your child, such as always swimming with a friend, not pushing or jumping on others, and never diving into unknown waters