Simple Rules to Prevent Drowning

Hot summer days send many families to the pool or beach to cool off. Make sure to keep your children safe this summer from accidental drowning – the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4.

Dr. Garry Gardner, a pediatrician and chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, offers the following rules to help keep children safe from drowning:

  • Touch supervision: Parents or supervising adults need to stay within arms reach of small children while in the water.
  • Constant supervision: As a child grows older, touch supervision may not be needed, but even older children, strong swimmers included, need to be under continuous supervision from a designated adult at all times.
  • Teach your children to swim.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

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