Every year, approximately 6,000 people lose their lives in a drowning accident.
Swimming and playing in water provide the perfect way to stay cool in the hot summer months, and it can be a great source of exercise. Many people don’t give a second thought to water safety while enjoying a day at the pool, lake, river or beach.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. Drowning most often happens in swimming pools, spas and bathtubs in one's own home or the home of a relative.
Most drownings occur within 10 to 30 feet of safety. Parents may not realize when a young child gets into trouble in the water because they may not make noise or splash.
Water Safety Rules
Follow these safety rules:
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool - not even for a few seconds.
- Always swim with a buddy. Even the most experienced swimmer can become tired or get muscle cramps.
- Use an approved flotation device.
- Always bring an adult with you - never let a child swim alone in any body of water without adult supervision.
- Swim only in safe areas supervised by a lifeguard - currents and undertows are unpredictable.
- Never dive into unknown bodies of water to avoid hitting your head on a shallow bottom. Even jumping feet first from extreme heights can cause serious injuries.
- Learn to swim from qualified instructors.
- Follow the rules posted at pools and water parks.
- Respect your lifeguard.
- Alcohol and water don't mix! Consuming alcoholic beverages will impair your vision as well as affect your judgment and reaction time.