Children love to play in water. Summer is synonymous with water play but unfortunately that can spell disaster. As a parent you need to protect your child and take the possible safety measures. Be your children's lifeguard! Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under, with children under age 5 at the highest risk. Many drownings and near drownings occur when children are left unattended by a pool, pond or in the bath.
Precautions that you can take to protect your children:
Stay within arms' reach of children - don't leave children unsupervised as drownings can occur in as little as 10 seconds.
Enroll your children in swimming and water safety courses.
Make sure children are wearing an approved life jacket or personal flotation device when playing near water.
Infants who cannot sit unsupported and are too young to wear a personal flotation device should be held by an adult at all times.
Inform your child of the methods to obtain help.