Pools are fun; there’s no doubt about it. But, they present certain dangers for everyone, especially unsuspecting children.
The reality is a grim one: water is a very big danger for little kids. According to the CDC, 800 children drown every single year. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children aged 1-3, and is the second-leading cause among kids under 15. Despite these truly alarming figures, only one-third of all parents knows that water is one of the top killers of kids. Drowning rarely happens like it does in the movies: kids floating splashing and yelling for help. Quite the opposite in fact. They usually sink to the bottom like a rock. A child who’s submerged will lose consciousness after two minutes and will suffer irreversible brain damage within 4 to 6 minutes. “It’ll never happen to my child; I watch my kids!” You may say, but 9 out of 10 of children who drowned were being watched and it’ll only take a second for them to sink—the amount of time it may take you to answer a phone call or grab a towel.
Pool Protection Protocol
Know where your child is at all times. This one seems obvious, but it’s important you know when they enter the water so you can keep an eye out.
Have them wear life jackets and floaters. The best way to keep your children above water, is to have them wear floaters and life jackets. Be sure to buy the ones that are certified to be used as life preservers.
Don’t leave toys in the pool. Your child does not know the severity of drowning and hasn’t had much time to think about mortality—they’re mainly thinking about Elmo and Power Rangers.
You can also contact the Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation in Thousand Oaks, California to learn more about how you can keep your children safe.