Children Drown Fast Without Noise
Drowning and near drowning is the leading cause of death, disability and injury for children under five in California. Toddlers are especially at risk because they move fast, tip over easily, and are attracted to shiny objects, including water.
Drowning happens fast. In a few seconds, a child can be under water and not able to breathe. Brain damage can occur in less than five minutes.
Drowning is a quiet event. Children don’t splash and yell when drowning. If they fall into a pool, they simply slip under the water, can’t breathe, and often don’t make a sound.
Children are often last seen doing something safe right before a drowning occurs- taking a nap, watching television, or playing indoors. The adult who is supervising typically only looks away for a moment to answer the phone or doorbell.
Most children drown in pools at the home of a relative or friend. An adult is usually in the house when the child drowns. Children can also drown in a wading pool or bucket filled with water.
Besides adult supervision, a fence that surrounds the whole pool with gates that latch and lock automatically is the best protection. Alarms on doors leading to the pool area can help buy the extra few seconds someone needs to notice a child is missing and save them from drowning.
Never leave a small child alone in the bathtub, near water, to answer the phone or door, go to the bathroom, do a chore, or take care of another child. Ignore the phone or pick up the child and take them with you!
Swimming lessons are not enough. A child who falls into the water unexpectedly will panic and not remember how to float or swim. Always supervise children – especially around water.
Learn CPR. You may save a child’s life by knowing how to do it yourself until rescue personnel can take over!
Remember to ALWAYS SUPERVISE – and watch the water!