Be Water Wise
By The YMCA
Children in all parts of the country are counting down the days until summer. They long for the freedom that summer brings, time to do what they want, to play outside and time to relax. It seems that in the heat of the summer, the only escape from the hot, ever-present sun is the swimming pool. Are you ready and do you have a system in place to ensure that your family is “water safe” this summer?
Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4? Over the past nine years, one-third of Texas drownings occurred in the Houston Area.¹ These statistics are alarming. So, just plan to swim in an area where there are a lot of people that can help rescue a child, if needed….right? NO! One of the most concerning statistics is the fact that “only 56% of those who say they can swim can perform all five basic water safety skills.”
We know that a single inch of water covering a child’s mouth and nose can cause drowning. First, be aware of the areas in which a child can drown. The obvious places are the bathtub and the swimming pool. But don’t rule out spas, ponds, toilets, buckets, or any standing water. These pose a risk! Here are some water safety tips:¹
Safe guard your family this summer against the dangers of water. Yes, water can be dangerous and scary, but education is the key. Happy Swimming!