Water Safety

NOTHING CAN DROWN-PROOF A CHILD

Drowning takes the lives of 11 children in the United States every day . Drowning also  causes 39 children every day to suffer serious brain damage.

What is so tragic about a drowning death, is that it is preventable. Drowning can be prevented if a child is effectively supervised. It can be prevented if proper safeguards are in place, such as door locks and pool fences. And, if these safeguards fail, it can be prevented if a child knows what to do in an aquatic accident.

We hope that the information provided in this section will assist you in creating a safer environment for your children.

Alarming Facts and Statistics

  • Loss of consciousness occurs 2 minutes after submersion.
  • Permanent brain damage occurs within 4-6 minutes.
  • A child can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Drowning and near drownings tend to occur when the children are in familiar surroundings and are being supervised by a parent.
  • Flotation devices do not protect children in many instances.
  • Nearly 70% of all children that suffered from submersion were not expected to be at, near, or in the pool yet they were found in the water.
  • 65% of the drowning incidents happen in the pool owned by the child’s family.
  • Drownings and near drownings even occur in pools with perimeter fencing and gate alarms.

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