1. Children between the ages of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates.
- Most occurring in swimming pools at home.
- Drowning accounts for one-third of the deaths.
- Protecting home pools with a gate. “Secure your pool with appropriate barriers.
- Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
- Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access.
- Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool,” says the American Red Cross website.
The organization also emphasizes
- The need to watch children closely when they’re around all bodies of water,
- Never allow anyone — even if they can swim — to be in the pool alone.
- All pool toys should come out of the water when they’re not in use, as they often entice young kids to jump in.
Concialdi added that children often do not make a noise if they’re drowning, so parents need to stay vigilant.
“Unfortunately, children do drown without a sound. There is no yelling or screaming,” he said.
The American Red Cross also advises that parents take first aid and CPR courses to help in an emergency.