Keep Kids Safe While Swimming This Summer!

posted by Blaine - 

As the weather gets nicer, keep in mind that we lose around a thousand kids in the U.S. to drowning incidents each year.  Another 7,000 end up in the ER.  So here's some info to help keep YOUR kids safe.

  

A group called Safe Kids Worldwide released a report this month that looked at different risk factors. 

  

Here are three big stats from it . . .

 

 

1.  OPEN water is the most dangerous.  That means oceans, lakes, and rivers. 

 

     43% of childhood drownings happen there. 

 

     38% happen in swimming pools. 

 

     9% happen in bathtubs.

 

     The remaining 10% of drownings were unspecified.

 

 

2.  Keep an eye on teenagers at the beach, not just young kids. 

 

     49% of open water drownings involve kids between 15 and 19 years old. 

 

     15% involve 10-to-14-year-olds. 

 

     13% involve kids between 5 and 9. 

 

     And 23% involve kids under the age of 5.

 

 

3.  Boys are more likely to get into trouble in the water.  80% of open water fatalities involve boys, and just 20% involve girls.

 

 

A few things to watch out for at the beach include dangerous currents . . . sudden drop-offs, where the water gets deeper . . . and things like rocks, or vegetation they could get tangled in.

 

 

The good news is drowning deaths are down over the last 10 or 20 years.  From almost 1,400 a year in 2000, to about 1,000 in 2016. 

 

 

(Today / Safe Kids Worldwide)

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