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