provided by Carrie at Heart & Home Baby Safety....

Did you know that most young children who drown in swimming pools were last seen in the home, had been missing from sight for less than five minutes and were in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning.

Did you know that...

  • Drowning is usually quick and silent.
  • A child will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring within four to six minutes.
  • Entrapment can occur when a child's body, swimsuit or hair become trapped in the drain of a pool or hot tub and the suction is too powerful for them to free themselves.
  • A child can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 14.

(Statistics provided by Safe Kids Worldwide)

10 Tips for general water safety:

  • When near water an adult should be within arm's reach of children under 5 years old at all times.
  • Don't rely on water wings or inflatable toys to keep your child safely afloat.
  • When swimming in a pool keep a phone nearby in case of emergency.
  • Don't rely on bath tub rings to keep your child safe in the tub. Always stay within arm's reach.
  • Empty kiddie pools after each use.
  • Whirlpools should have proper covers with locks.
  • Become aware of drain entrapment dangers.
  • Remember to always have your child wear a proper life jacket aboard boats.
  • Remember the other places a child could drown: toilet, buckets/pails, coolers containing melted ice, wells, fish ponds, fountains.
  • Know CPR.

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