Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death to children between the ages of one and four and is the second leading cause of injury-related death in children under the age of 14. Additionally, thousands of children are hospitalized each year for nonfatal drowning incidents.
Water safety should be a priority for every family. Please take a moment to review these simple and effective strategies for keeping your children safe around water before heading to the beach, lake, or swimming pool this spring.
Most children who drown are unsupervised. Anytime children are in or around water, designate a “water watcher.” This should be a reliable adult who will avoid distractions like cell phones, conversations, reading materials or anything else that may divert their attention away from the swimming children.
According to the American Red Cross, the best way to prevent child drowning is to enroll children in swimming lessons. In additional to various swimming techniques, your child will also learn how to identify and avoid potential drowning hazards.
Floaties, noodles, inner tubes, and inflatables are toys, not life-saving devices. Never believe that just because your child has a flotation device that they are protected against drowning.
Teach your children to always ask permission before going near water and to only swim in supervised areas. You should also advise children to incorporate the buddy system. Finally, make sure your children understand the dangers of drains and suction outlets. Hair, jewelry, and bathing suits can get caught in drains and outlets, creating a serious drowning hazard.
If you are at a public pool, be sure you know where emergency equipment is prior to going near the water with your child. Know how to contact 9-1-1 or emergency responders in the event of an injury or emergency.
You should also know CPR. Learning CPR should be a top priority for all parents. Taking occasional refresher courses is also recommended.
If your child was injured in a swimming pool accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced child injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has represented injured children across the state of Texas for over two decades. Call us today to receive a free legal consultation and to talk to our legal professionals.