What Every Parent of A Young Kid Needs To Know About Drowning
I can't imagine what it would feel like to lose a child. As most country fans know, there's already been a much publicized child drowning this summer...and that's not the only one. Let's keep kids safe when they're in pools and lakes. Here are some good reminders about water safety...
1) Barriers are essential.
70% of the kids under 5 who've been in drowning accidents weren't expected to be in or around the pool.
2) Swim lessons should start super early.
There's evidence that swim lessons can help lower the risk of drowning, even for kids between the age of 1 and 4.
3) You have to really watch kids.
Abbey’s Hope promotes the idea of a “Water Watchdog”—literally a dog tag the group sends out, with the idea that an adult wears it to signify she or he is the one who will maintain visual contact with all of the kids in the group, not drink or talk on the phone while they’re watching, but will keep a phone close by in case of emergency. (Huffington Post)
4) ...because drowning doesn't look like most people expect it to.