Water Safety Facts & Tips

Water Safety Facts & Drowning Prevention

Drowning can happen to anyone! Each year, thousands of children lose their lives to drowning—making it the number one cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of injury-related death among kids between the ages of 5-14. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of drowning accidents take place during non-swimming times. In fact, 69% of drowning deaths for children under five happen when they aren’t expected to be swimming.

Did you know 61% of children, including more than half of all teens, can’t perform the following basic swim safety skills?

  • Step or jump into water over your head and return to the surface.
  • Float and/or tread water for one minute.
  • Turn around and find an exit.
  • Swim 25 yards without stopping.
  • Exit the pool without using a ladder.

How do you know if your child needs swim lessons? Even if you think your child “knows” how to swim, or that you’re not around any bodies of water, keep your kids safer and make sure you can say YES to ALL 10 of these questions.

Household Water Safety Tips

While practicing water safety at the beach or pool is absolutely crucial, it’s just as important to practice water safety at home. Because drownings that occur at swimming pools and beaches tend to make media headlines, most people are surprised to learn that more than 70% of drowning-related accidents actually occur in residential areas. It only takes as little as two inches of water for someone to drown, meaning common household objects like bathtubs, toilets or even buckets of water can be a drowning hazard.

Here are some extra steps to take to keep your family safe in and around water at home:

  • Drain kiddie pools any time they’re not in use, and flip them over so they don’t collect water.
  • Empty any buckets of water that may be lying around the house, or outside.
  • Install child safety locks on bathroom doors and toilet lids.

Bath Safety Tips

Bath time is a time to be extra cautious with our kids' safety, it’s also supposed to be FUN! Bath time doesn’t have to be limited to getting your little one clean – it’s also a great time to teach them things like safety skills and fine motor skills, while having a splashtastic good time!! Stay safe while learning and bonding with your child with these helpful bath safety tips.

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