What Safety Measures Should Child Care Providers, Babysitters, Summer Camps, and Day Care Centers Take to Protect Children and Toddlers from Drowning Incidents?

Drowning-Prevention-Tips-150x150In the summer throughout the United States, there is a common risk in just about every neighborhood – the risk of drowning.  It is important that all child care providers including babysitters, day care centers, child care centers, schools, and summer camps have a plan in place for the proper supervision of children any time that there is a swimming pool accessible to the child and anytime that there are aquatic or boating related activities.

David Wolf is a personal injury attorney based in Jacksonville, Florida who handles child injury cases throughout the State of Florida.  David Wolf is an attorney, author, and advocate for the safety of children.  It is important that the safety of a child be a top of the mind priority for a child care provider any time a child is near a swimming pool or some how may gain access to a swimming pool.  David Wolf is the author of 11 books including the book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child. This book covers a variety of topics including the following:  Swimming Pools, Water Parks and Other Bodies of Water, Sports and Recreational Injuries, Automobile Accidents, Playground Injuries, and other topics.  You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

Drowning is more common than we would like to admit, in fact, for children between the ages of one and fourteen it is the second leading cause of death. Because of the increased risk these children face, it is important for parents, neighbors, friends, relatives, schools, summer camps, day care centers and all others in charge of supervising a child in or near a swimming pool or other water way to keep the certain tips and concepts in mind.

It is best for parents to always be aware while their child is in or around a pool. If you are supervising a child in preschool you should be in arms reach always. You should not be involved in any other activates that could take your attention away from the children or child you are supervising. Some of the activities include reading, talking on the phone, and working in the backyard. Most importantly, you should never consume alcohol while supervising a child.

Swimming is an important skill your children should learn, in fact, formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning in young children. In addition to learning to swim, it is helpful for children to wear life jackets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some insight when it comes to water safety and life jackets. According to studies and statistics, Life jackets could potentially prevent half of all boating deaths.  The CDC also notes that air-filled and foam toys, “water wings”, “noodles”, inner tubes, and the like are not safety devices. Along with these precautions it is important, as a supervisor or child care provider, to learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation which is more commonly known as CPR.

All swimming pool owners and operators should install a fence around your swimming pool. This simple preventative measure will help reduce the number of drownings resulting from a child wandering into a swimming pool area when he or she is not supposed to be in the area.

These tips can reduce the risk children face of becoming another victim of drowning. Make sure your child is prepared for water, with the knowledge of floating and swimming, and a life jacket. Learn CPR, child proof your pools, and always pay very close attention to a child near water. That bears repeating for all child care providers, PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO A CHILD NEAR WATER.

If you have a questions about a safety or injury issue involving a child, contact David Wolf who believes in Giving a Voice to Injured Children and Their Families.  David Wolf will provide a Free Consultation and advise you of the respective legal rights of your child and the recommended courses of action.  Contact David Wolf right now. He is available 7 days a week to serve his clients and potential clients.