Supervision is the key element in drowning prevention.
We all want to keep our children safe and secure and we aspire to help them live and grow to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent leading causes of child injury, like drowning, is a step toward this goal.
When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or at the beach, injury isn’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drowning is the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4. Every day, three children will die as a result of drowning, and it can occur in less than one minute.
Thankfully, parents can play a key role in protecting the children they love from drowning.
Tips for Drowning Prevention
Watch children closely around any body of water be that swimming pool, lake, canal or flooded area. Have pool barrier in place which is required for all residential pools per Florida Statue 512.29. Be your child’s first set of eyes when in the pool. Designate a water watcher to watch all children in the pool free of distractions.
Have children wear a life jacket at all times when they are around water and an adult will not be in the water with them. http://www.boatus.com/foundation/ljlp/staterequirements.asp
All children under the age of 6 must wear a life jacket on the boat while the boat is underway. This is the law and a short travel distance is no exception.
Teach your child how to float on their back for their best chance at survival.
Learn CPR and prepared for any emergency that may need your assistance.
Inspect pool drains to make sure that the covers are updated and safe. Also, be sure to stay away from pool drains when swimming.
Install barriers between the home and the water.
- A fence that contains all sides of the accessible water source.
- A self locking gate
- Alarms on doors and windows
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