Swimming is a lot of fun for kids during summer, but drowning is a real danger. Drowning can happen quickly sometimes within 2 minutes after a person’s head goes under the water leaving very little time for someone to help. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States among children age 14 years or younger. Among this group, children under four years old have the highest drowning rates.
For every child who dies from drowning, another five children receive emergency care for water related injuries. Whether you’re swimming in a pool, lake, or waterpark, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County wants to provide you with a few tips to help keep you and your family safe in the water.
- Swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Swim with a buddy.
- Be sure to wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Swim at a depth that is safe for you.
- Supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present
- Stop swimming as soon as you see or hear a storm.
- Always obey pool rules
Never leave children unattended in a pool or other water source, even if the child has had formal swimming lessons. Although lifeguards may be present, their ability to safeguard all swimmers is limited. In many cases, it is another swimmer or bystander who may notice someone in trouble. Wherever you swim this summer, be safe, healthy, and have fun!!!