Drowning-related deaths and other water-related injuries are on the rise during this summer time. Unfortunately, the State of Florida sees its fair share of drowning related deaths and injuries. Some result from the negligence of others including improper supervision and inadequate fencing and barriers. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that the leading cause of injury-related death in children is drowning. Each year, more than 1,400 children, under the age of 20, drown. Also, it is estimated that for every drowning at least 1-in-4 children suffer a non-fatal injury requiring hospitalization. Non-fatal drowning-related injuries can cause brain damage, long-term disabilities, memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of brain function.
The two most important preventative measures a parent or caregiver can take is to maintain constant supervision and learn to swim. Parents and caregivers should never, not even for a brief moment, leave a child alone or with another young child in a bathtub, pool, hot tub, spa, kiddie / children pools, near irrigation ditches, ponds, lacks, rivers, creeks, oceans or other open standing water.
An article by HealthNewsDigest.com provided other safety measures a parent or caregiver can take to prevent drowning or other water-related injuries:
1. Children who cannot swim should always wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD) in and around the water.
2. Children should NEVER be left alone in the water.
3. Know the area you and children are swimming in. This includes tides, rip currents, deep and shallow areas and approved diving areas.
4. Do not mix alcohol and drugs with swimming.
5. Do not go swimming in unfavorable conditions such as bad or rough water.
6. Keep a phone nearby at all times to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
7. Enclose pool areas with safety gates and keep lifesaving devices nearby.
8. If a pool is covered, completely remove these covers before swimming.
You can read more about this topic at Water safety tips.