Child Safety around Water
Playing with water can be fun and exciting, especially if you are engaging in water sports. The problem, however, is that water can be dangerous for people of all ages. About 5,000 people drowned in the United States alone every year, and 1,000 of this population are children younger than the age of 15. It is for this reason actually that drowning has been considered as the one of the primary causes of children’s death.
Children drowned for a number of reasons. The most common situation that leads to child drowning is when the child is left alone in the water. Many found it surprising that children drowned without any hint or sign of danger previously observed. It was in fact reported that small children tend not to splash or make noise when they get into trouble in the water and it happens in just a few minutes. Because of this, supporters of child safety have considered certain recommendations and advices for child safety around water.
So what are these advices for child safety around water?
Several experts have noted that for ultimate child safety around water, it is important not to leave a child alone near water, be it on the beach, at a pool, or in a bathtub. If you must leave, take your child with you or ask someone to look after the child. The rule of thumb here is to have an adult constantly watching while young children are enjoying the water. When I say “constantly watching”, it means that no reading, card playing, or chatting on the phone is allowed. Such kind of activity will only distract your attention while supervising a child around water and can be the reason for the child drowning.
It is also important to realize that small children do not only drown in pools. Bathtubs, buckets, toilets and hot tubs pose certain dangers to your child as well. So the best way to do is not to leave your child unattended near those areas. If you let them near the buckets, make sure that the buckets are empty for toddlers are more prone to drowning even in just one inch of water.
If for instance you want your children to enjoy the water as long as they wish, enroll them in swimming classes. A number of swimming lessons for children age three and above are in fact offered almost anywhere nowadays. Swimming classes are conducted and taught by qualified instructors who are trained and well-informed about child safety around water. It is still important to keep in mind that swimming lessons do not make the child drown-proof.
Finally, regarding child safety around water, do not underestimate the power of water for even the lakes and the rivers are dangerous. Also, arm yourself with a first-aid kit and emergency phone if possible.