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Drowning Prevention and Water Safety

By Lafayette General Health
June 1, 2020

We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them live to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent leading causes of child injury, like drowning, is a step toward this goal.

When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. In fact, drowning kills more children 1-4 than anything else except birth defects.

Water and boating tips. 

  • Don’t drink and boat. Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination.
  • Always wear a lifejacket.
  • Always inform a family member of where your destination, route and how long it will take to get there.


Pool safety:

  • To prevent lapses in pool supervision, designate an adult for a specific amount of time and rotate out the pool supervision role.
  • Do not rely on fun floatation devices.  Fit children with an appropriate flotation device.
  • Know CPR, four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first.
  • Do not leave objects or toys that might attract a child into the pool area.
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