US Water Injuries
A Liquid Overview
Preventing Water Injuries
Water injuries are more common than most Americans may think. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children; approximately 830 children of ages 14 or younger drown every year, while 3,600 water injuries occur every year. Most infants under the age of 1 drown in bathtubs, toilets, or buckets, while most children drown in family or friends’ pools.
You can do your best to prevent injuries from happening in public pools and other bodies of water by following these tips:
- Take preventative measures
- Teach children basic water safety tips– always swim with a buddy, and have an adult and lifeguard around
- Enroll them in swimming lessons
- Take water safety, first aid, and CPR/AED courses to learn how to respond to emergencies
- Know which local emergency number to call, and keep a telephone close by in case of emergencies
- Be alert!
- Supervise children closely: don’t leave them unattended, even if a lifeguard is present
- Make sure they’re away from pool drains, pipes, suction fittings, or other openings that they can get stuck in
To prevent injuries at home:
- Stop unsupervised access to the pool
- Install any barriers, 4ft tall fences, or pool covers, and use pool locks or alarms as additional layers of security
- Clear toys near the pool away; toys can attract small children
Following these tips can help ensure a happy, fun, and injury-free summer!