(6/22/12) - Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children. Home swimming pools are the most common place for a child younger than age 5 to drown. Approximately 400 children age 14 and younger drown each year in pools and spas, and most children were being watched by an adult just before they drowned.
McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Water Safety Month (June) as well as year-round with these safety tips.
Know the Skills
• Swimming is an important skill to know, but keep in mind that knowing how to swim does not prevent drowning.
• Teach children water safety skills appropriate for their age - enroll children in swim lessons.
• Use life jackets when appropriate. Products such as swimming noodles and water wings are not safety devices - they should never be used in the place of U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.
• Know how to perform CPR and use rescue equipment.
For more information about child safety, call Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist or visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal, led by McLeod Health, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death in children 14 and under. Safe Kids Pee Dee/ Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.