From 2005-2014, there was an annual average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) in the United States – approximately 10 deaths per day. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 years and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
Carrollton Fire Rescue encourages parents to watch young children while in the bath and to designate a responsible adult to supervise their kids when swimming or playing in or around water. Water watchers for preschoolers should provide “touch supervision” – being close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activities such as reading, being on the phone, or mowing the lawn while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even with lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing to prevent unsupervised access, are still important. Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to take CPR training, learn how to swim, and visit cityofcarrollton.com/poolsafety for more information.