As a parent, my child’s safety is my first concern. I make sure the car-seat is installed correctly; I have covered every outlet in my house; put rugs on my hard floors; gated off the stairs; and child-proofed the cabinets. I, like most parents, try to think of every way he can hurt himself and then try to prevent it.
One danger most parents neglect to think of is water. Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under the age 14 in ten states and is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 15 nationally. This statistic is especially shocking because drowning is completely preventable. It is up to us, as parents, to make sure that our kids are water safe. It is just as important as using a car seat when driving.
I know that not everyone has access to pools or lakes or the ocean and it is so easy to think, “This will never happen to my child.” But it is nearly impossible to avoid water all together. One way or another every child will come in contact with water, whether at a friend’s house, on vacation, a backyard wading pool or the bathtub.
Arm floaties or a life vest won’t save a child that doesn’t know how to roll over and float. On average, children who drown are found after just 10 minutes. So what can we do to keep the children in our lives safe? There is one answer, enroll them in a survival swim class.