Safety and Injury Prevention Water Safety 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.General Water Safety Video Water Safety Tips View All Open Water & Boat Safety Check out this video on proper life jacket fit.If your child is in need of a life jacket, we can provide you with one free of charge (while supplies last). Call us at 417-269-0920 to schedule your free life jacket fitting today.Here are some great tips on safety in open water:Always wear a life jacket when near open water.Never leave a child unattended around water, not even for a second.Always swim with a buddy. Even the most experienced swimmer can become tired or get muscle cramps.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.Life jackets are much safer than arm floaties.Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills. Pool Safety Here are some great tips on safety in and around pools:Never leave a child unattended around water, not even for a second.Never swim unless a life guard or responsible adult is watching.Get swimming lessons for adults and children.Always swim with a buddy. Even the most experienced swimmer can become tired or get muscle cramps.Follow pool rules.Never jump in to save a friend in water, first throw them something that floats (Throw-Never-Go)Stay out of the deep end if you’re not a strong swimmer.Life jackets are much safer than arm floaties. Home & Infant Water Safety Here are some great tips on preventing drowning in the home:Never leave a child unattended around water, not even for a second.Always make sure you have everything you need before bath time.Close doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms when not in use.Install fences around pools or large water containers.Overturn buckets and tubs outside so they will not fill up with rain water. TRAUMA & ACUTE CARE SURGERY Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook. Get the latest injury prevention tips, news, and other updates from CoxHealth. right Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook.