Updated: May 21
In recognition of May being National Drowning Prevention Awareness Month, I would like to share some tips and facts. With this in mind, please be prepared and learn CPR.
keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the area to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
drownings happen during a family gathering near a pool
drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury related death for children ages 1-4. Drowning remains in the top 5 causes of unintentional injury related death from birth to 54 years old
in the United States, drowning takes an average of 3,500-4,000 lives per year. That is an average of 10 fatal drownings per day
23% of child drownings happen during a family gathering near a pool
learning to swim can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% for 1-4 year olds who take formal swim lessons
lack of barriers around water contribute to a majority of drowning deaths
drug and alcohol use can be large contributing variables to drowning risk
drowning is fast and silent. It can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds. Drowning doesn't always look like what we expect
remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use
learn CPR and rescue breathing
designate a "water watcher" to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings
don't use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys
the home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60" tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open
drowning is the cause of death for most boating fatalities
doors and windows should be armed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self closing
if a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count!
instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards and emphasize the need for constant supervision