With the sweltering summer heat in Connecticut, a day swimming at the beach, pool, or lake can be a great way to cool off and provide much-needed relief for adults and kids. However, those with inexperience swimming –especially children—are faced with an increased risk of drowning, which could, unfortunately, lead to death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for kids ages 1-14. Tragically, most of these drownings occur at home swimming pools. With this in mind, the attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm offer precautionary advice and potential risk factors parents and guardians should be aware of before taking kids for a swim.
Factors That Increase Drowning Risk
It’s important that people are aware of the risks that come with swimming in order to prevent a swim turning fatal. Some of the most common factors that increase drowning risk include:
- Lack of Experience: According to a survey conducted by the American Red Cross, over 50% of Americans admit they either can’t swim or don’t have all basic swimming skills.
- Lack of Close Supervision: Drowning can happen instantly and quietly, which is why a guardian not paying attention for a second could result in a child drowning.
- Lack of Flotation Device: In 2017, where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket.
Ways to Decrease the Risk of a Drowning Accident from Occurring
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Yet, fortunately, there are preventative measures guardians can take to significantly reduce the risk of their child drowning. These include:
- Signing Your Child Up For Swim Lessons: According to the CDC, formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among kids age 1-4.
- Teaching Your Child Water Rules: This includes teaching them that they should not dive in the shallow end, push others into the pool, swim without an adult, or push people underwater.
- Being Attentive To Your Child At All Times When Near Water: If for any reason you need to take your eyes off of a child while they’re swimming, make sure you designate an adult who knows how to swim to watch them.
- Learning CPR: If a person begins to drown, conducting CPR as you wait for an ambulance to arrive could mean the difference between life and death for that person.
If you are taking your child or children to the pool, beach, or lake this summer, we hope you keep these safety tips in mind and enjoy your time in the sun!
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