The second leading cause of death in children is drowning. This sobering statistic is reversible. While you might think that children drowning is directly caused by a lack of supervision, a whopping 19% of drownings happen at public pools or beaches where there is a lifeguard on duty!
When it comes to the safety of your children near water, it’s untimely up to YOU. Preparing and teaching your children water safety can go a long way, but in the end someone must be watching each child 100% percent of the time. The average number of minutes between when a child was last seen before drowning is just 5 minutes. Watching children constantly is imperative.
What else can you do to keep your little ones safe at the pool, beach or lake this summer?
Graphic provided courtesy of Smith Mountain Homes of Moneta, Virginia.