According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an average of 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning, making it fifth among the leading causes of unintentional death in the U.S. Anna Belote, director, Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has some simple safety tips every parent who plans to hit the pool this summer needs to know.
Although the number of fatalities from drowning for children under 5 has decreased since 2010, drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death for children, ages 1-4. Between 2005 and 2014, the annual average was 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings in our country. For every child who dies from drowning, another five require emergency care for submersion injuries. These injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and loss of basic functioning.
For these reasons, it is important that parents take precautions when their children are in and around water.
Anna’s 4 Swimming Pool Safety Tips
- Never leave small children unattended in or around water. Life jackets and flotation devices are great, but they should never take the place of supervision. Make sure all life jackets and floatation items fit properly. Remember: When life jackets are worn, nobody mourns.
- Teach children how to swim. The YMCA and Parks and Recreation departments typically offer lessons at reduced rates and sometimes even free.
- Know CPR. Having knowledge of adult and child CPR could save a life.
- Wear sunscreen at all times and reapply often, especially after perspiring or swimming.
The Safety Team from Parkview wishes you and your family a safe and healthy summer!