(6/08/12) - 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.
• Residential pools and spas should be surrounded on all sides by a fence at least 4 feet high with self-closing and self-latching gates
• Doors, windows and gates leading to the water should be secured with alarms to notify caregivers that a child may be near the pool or spa. Pool alarms are also available.
• When not in use, pools and spas should be covered and secured, and ladders to above ground pools and spas should be locked and removed.
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.