Wellness Matters

4 Important Water Safety Tips

June 14, 2016

Leigha Jordan
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Cone Health Emergency and Trauma Services

Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children in the United States. In North Carolina, drowning is the third leading cause of injury-related death (behind motor vehicle crashes) for children 0-17.  Unlike the dramatic drowning scenes movies often depict, it can take just seconds for a child to drown, and it often happens silently.

Whether you are spending time at a pool, lake or beach this summer, it is important for parents to always designate a ‘water watcher’. Water watchers must stay close proximity to their children, and keep an eye on them at all times as they play in the water. It is recommended to select swimming areas with lifeguards on duty; however, the ratio of lifeguards to swimmers is often imbalanced, and parents and/or guardians are also responsible for ensuring safety while enjoying a day at the pool or beach.

Other important water safety tips include:
  • Install at least a 4-foot tall fence around your pool or spa with a self-latching gate
  • Install pool and gate alarms
  • Learn CPR
  • Enroll your children in swim lessons
Having the proper water safety equipment is also important. Children who cannot swim or who are just beginning to learn may need to wear a personal floatation device (PFD) properly fitted for their weight and age. When selecting floatation devices, it is important to find one that is U.S. Coast Guard certified and is designed according to the appropriate level for your child. Most PFD’s have labeling on the back panel to indicate this information. In the incidence of a water-related accident or drowning, call 911 immediately.  In partnership with Guilford County’s emergency response services and Safe Guilford Injury Prevention Coalition, Cone Health’s Emergency and Trauma Services are dedicated to educating individuals about water safety techniques, and delivering prompt, exceptional care to patients throughout the community.


  1. The number of the children who got accident in the water is not negotiatable in the United states. There are many reasons of drowning in the water, but most of the parents do not know how to get prepared before swimmimg or making a trip over the sea.Various social and community based seminars should be organized on various important tips on how to get rid of drowning in the water.