Consider these facts:
- Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5. (American Institute for Preventative Medicine)
- A child under the age of 5 is 14 times more likely to drown than to die in a car accident.
- A child can drown in just a few inches of water, silently, and in a matter of seconds.
- Of preschoolers who drown, the vast majority (70 percent) are in the care of at least one parent. Of pool drownings among preschoolers, 98 percent occur in the child’s pool or the pool of a friend, neighbor or relative. (National Center for Injury Prevention & Control)
- For every child who drowns, another four are hospitalized, and 16 receive emergency department care for near-drowning. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Children are 100 times more likely to die from a swimming pool than from a gun. (Dr. Steven D. Levitt, University of Chicago)
Follow the Safer Three
Install, maintain and utilize proper fencing, gates, gate latches, alarms and other safety equipment around the pool.
Employ constant adult supervision and swim skill attainment through on-going qualified instruction. Learn proper behavior in and around the water. Begin baby swimming lessons at 6 months of age.
Learn CPR, first-aid, and rescue techniques. Keep an emergency action plan and phone by the pool at all times.
For more information please visit www.swimforlife.org