- Drowning is the leading cause of injury deaths for children in the US between the ages of 1 and 4.
- Children in that age group have the highest rates of both fatal and non-fatal drowning, with half of all fatal incidents occurring in swimming pools.
- Analyzing national death and accident records from 2005-2009, the CDC report found that, on average, 3,880 people annually die in the US due to drowning.
- An estimated 5,790 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal drowning.
- The drowning death rate among men was 4 times higher than that of women, the study also found.
- Overall, drowning rates have dropped in the last decade and that's a good sign that prevention efforts are working, but that's not a reason to let your guard down, especially when it comes to our kids.
For me, pool safety is a must because my 4 year old, Jaden, doesn't have a fear of water. He never has. Ever since he was a baby, he wasn't afraid to put his head under the water and would just jump in any pool even if there was nobody there to catch him! I will be signing Jaden up for swimming lessons this summer. My community offers swimming lessons at 2 different places. The community pool at the park, and our local YMCA. Check with places in your town for swimming lessons for your children. It's usually not that expensive but really you can't put a price on your child's safety.
Here are some additional tips to prevent a drowning accident: (These tips are according to Philadelphia Attorney Ross Feller Casey.)
- Parents and children should learn survival swimming skills.
- Environmental protectors, such as isolation pool fences and lifeguards, should be in place.
- Alcohol should be avoided while swimming, boating, water skiing, or supervising children.
- Lifejackets should be used by all boaters and weaker swimmers.
- Caregivers and Supervisors should have CPR training.
Until next time,