Child Safety Awareness Month: Prevent Drownings

September is Child Safety Awareness month and SHF will present the top 3 areas
we must improve the safety for our leaders of tomorrow.

FACT: DROWNING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF UNINTENTIONAL INJURY-RELATED DEATH FOR CHILDREN AGES 1 to 4. (CDC)

Most drowning incidents occur in swimming pools; however, young children can drown in less than two inches of water. Pool submersions involving children happen quickly and silently, with most child drowning victims missing from sight for less than 5 minutes.

We can play a key role in protecting the children from drowning.

Fence it off

Install a four-sided isolation fence, with self-closing and self latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool.

Make life jackets a “must.”

Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim.

Learn CPR

Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and get re-certified every two years. CPR can help a child stay alive with little or no brain damage.

Be on the lookout

Supervise young children at all times around bathtubs, swimming pools, and natural bodies of water. Adults watching kids near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, or talking on the phone.

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