Child Safety is a subject that is near and dear to our hearts. You will find resources throughout this site with information on various subjects that we research when we become parents. Carseat safety, water safety, poison control, and more. This post today highlights water safety!
The Hard Facts About Drowning
- Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old.
- And it’s the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children 19 and under.
- Children less than a year old are more likely to drown at home in the bathtub or a bucket.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Young children can drown in as little as one inch of water, so it’s important to keep them within an arm’s reach of an adult.
- Empty tubs, buckets, containers, and kids’ pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
- Close lids and doors. Keep toilet lids and doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed when not in use.
- Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills. It is important to know how to respond in an emergency without putting yourself at risk.
SafeKids.org highlights some statistics here.
Also, with living in Montgomery County Texas, a lot of us are visiting Lake Conroe often, Splash pads, Galveston and waterparks. Here are some are facts from SafeKids.org about boating safety:
The Hard Facts About Boating Safety
In 2018, 77 percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those who drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
Top Tips for Boating Safety
- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating. Choose a life jacket that is right for your child’s weight and water activity.
- Young kids are at a higher risk for hypothermia, so take extra precautions to keep them warm. If your children seem cold or are shivering, wrap them tightly in a dry blanket or towel.
- I Learn basic water rescue skills and CPR. It is important to know how to respond in an emergency without putting yourself at risk of drowning.
- Follow the U.S. Coast Guard recommendations for boating safety. Learn about available boating resources, such as free vessel safety checks and boating safety courses.