- Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under
- Children under 5 years of age account for 76% of reported fatalities from drowning
- Swimming pools are the most common place for a drowning to occur especially among children between 1 and 4 years old.
- Boys have a drowning rate twice that of girls
Here are Ways You Can Keep Your Children Safe and Enjoy the Outdoors and Swimming
- Fencing (around all 4 sides) of home pools could prevent 50 – 90 percent of childhood drownings and near-drownings
- Pool alarms and automatic pool covers add an extra layer of protection
- Half of all drowning accidents among boaters could be prevented if a life jacket was worn:
- Life jackets will help keep your head above the water.
- If it is too big, the life jacket will ride up around your face.
- Too small, it will not be able to keep your body afloat.
- Life jackets designed for adults will not work for children!
- For the best fit, try the life jacket in shallow water under safe and supervised conditions.
- Always supervise your children
ENJOY AND BE SAFE!!
Contact Dawn Melancon, Trauma Coordinator WCHOB if you have any questions (716) 878-7953