Water Safety

Summer is just around the corner and as the weather warms up, swimming will be one of our most popular ways to cool off and have some fun. But here are a couple of things to think about as summer approaches:

  • Not including boating accidents, ten people drown per day over the course of a year (according to the Centers for Disease Control) but with so much activity taking place in and around the water during summer, the number of drownings annually is concentrated in this warmer season.
  • Drowning is the number one cause of death of children ages 1-4 and about 15% of all drownings (according to the National Safety Council) involve very young children.

So what can be done to avoid a tragedy waiting to happen?  If you have small children, always be aware and in the present moment with your children and follow these water safety precautions:

  • Never leave your child alone; if you have to leave, take your child with you.
  • Enroll children 3 and older in swimming lessons, but remember that lessons don’t make your child “drown-proof.”
  • Lifeguards aren’t babysitters; always keep your eyes on your child.
  • Don’t let children play around drains and suction fittings.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first.
  • Get training in CPR.
  • Always have a first aid kit and emergency phone contacts handy.

The following rules apply to all swimmers no matter what their age:

  • Never swim alone.
  • Don’t dive into unknown bodies of water.
  • Don’t push or jump on others.
  • Be prepared for an emergency.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of water; even rivers and lakes can have undertows.
  • Always have a first aid kit and emergency phone contacts handy.
  • Get training in CPR.

Whether you’re at the beach, pool, river, lake, or water park, remember that drowning can happen in an instant.

For more information on water safety, check out the National Safety Council’s website.