With temperatures rising this summer, we know a great way to cool off is by going for a swim. Practicing pool safety can help prevent accidental drownings in children and young adults.
According to the National Safety Council, 74% of drownings took place in residential locations for children younger than 15. Of the 3,709 drownings that happened in 2017, more than 12% were children younger than 4 years old.
Most drownings occur from an accidental fall into a pool. Not only do outdoor pools pose a threat for children, so do buckets, bathtubs, toilets, and inflatable kiddie pools.
The following are preventative measures you can take:
- Always keep an eye on your child and never leave them unattended
- Do not become distracted if taking care of a child who is in any body of water
- Swim in supervised areas
- Wear a life jacket if you do not know how to swim
- Do not drink alcohol while swimming or operating jet skis/boats/etc.
- Be aware of the current if swimming in the ocean/lake/river
- Get trained for CPR and First Aid to be prepared in case an emergency arises
If you witness an accidental drowning:
- Make sure the scene is safe enough for you to help remove the person from the water
- If they are not breathing and unresponsive, call 911 immediately and yell for help
- Start CPR
- It is important to remain calm under stressful situations
We want you to have a summer filled with great memories always keeping in mind that safety is the most important.
For more information regarding accidental drownings visit: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/drowning
To find free swimming lessons at your local pool visit: https://www.laparks.org/aquatic/learn