Drowning has been referred to as a silent killer. While in movies it is shown by people screaming or thrashing around, this is not the case in real life. Most drownings happen quickly and quietly. Drowning is the second leading cause of death among toddlers, the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, and a leading cause of injury death for children aged 1-14, with three children dying every day.

Here are some water safety tips to help prevent drowning:

  • Know the basics of swimming.
  • Know CPR.
  • Kids need to wear life jackets in and around water.
  • Remember adults need life jackets too.
  • When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and being around water, or watching children in or near water.
  • Don’t swim or boat alone.
  • Install a four-sided isolation fence, with self-closing and self-latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool.

 

To learn more about being safe around water visit: www.dhs.wi.gov/beaches

 

Submitted by: Brittany Fry, BS, MPH, Burnett County Public Health Specialist

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