Now that it’s mid-February, warmer weather is on the horizon. In
a few months, locals will be heading to the beach and returning to their
backyard swimming pools. Come May, it will be swimming season in Florida.
While we love enjoying water-related activities just as much as the next
personal injury attorneys we can’t help but think about how we’re also entering
the busiest season of the year for childhood
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “About one in five people who die from drowning are children
14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive
emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.” The
thing that’s most disturbing about this statistic is that most,
if not all drownings among children are preventable.
Drowning Prevention for Parents
“Drowning is a leading cause of death among children, including infants
and toddlers,” according to
healthchildren.org. While infants predominantly drown in buckets and bathtubs, toddlers usually
drown in swimming pools. However, children of all ages die in lakes, oceans,
Key drowning prevention tips:
- Enroll your child in swimming classes or teach them how to become excellent
swimmers. This alone can save your child’s life.
- Whenever your child is on a boat or riding on jet skis, make sure that
he or she wears a life jacket.
- If you have a backyard pool, fence it off and install self-closing and
- Never drink alcohol while watching small children swim.
- Avoid distractions, such as texting or reading a book while watching children swim.
- Do not let children swim alone and without adult supervision.
- When infants and toddlers are in the bath or playing near more than two
inches of water, supervise them very closely.
For more drowning prevention tips, read
“Water Safety at Home” on safekids.org. If your child has lost their life in a drowning
accident, or if your child suffered nonfatal submersion injuries,
contact our West Palm Beach personal injury firm to file a claim for compensation.