Swim season is here; are you watching your child? Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 to 14, taking more than 900 children’s lives each year.
“A child should always be supervised in or near water, including shallow wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, toilets, and hot tubs,” said Daphne Greenlee, coordinator of Safe Kids Springfield and trauma outreach coordinator for the Mercy Injury Prevention Center. “Children can drown in as little as one inch of water — and it can happen in no time at all.”
Even though 94 percent of parents say they supervise their children while swimming, many acknowledge that they engage in other distracting activities at the same time – for example, talking, eating, reading or taking care of another child. A “supervised” child is in sight at all times with undivided attention focused on the child.
You may want to jot down a few of these water safety tips: