Bathtime should be all splashes and bubbles and rubber duckies.
Yet, in countries like the U.S., drownings of children under age one most often occur in the bathtub - sometimes even if an older sibling was right in there with them. Arm yourself with knowledge and keep your child safe.
Water Around the House
Swimming pools should be a source of family fun and relaxation. Yet, in countries like the U.S., drownings of children aged 1-4 most often occur in home swimming pools - and at least 75% could have been prevented with the proper safety precautions. Make sure you know what they are so you can ensure that your pool is a source of joy, not tragedy.
Open Water (rivers, lakes, ponds, oceans)
While baths and pools are the most risky areas for drowning in the home, they are not the only ones. Drowning can occur in only 1 inch of water - that means mop buckets, animal troughs, bird baths, even the toilet bowl poses a threat. Open your eyes to the hidden risks in your house and keep your home a safe place for your family.
From a Californian beach to a Bangladeshi river, open water provides everything from fun in the sun to life-sustaining drinking water. Unfortunately, life-giving water can turn catastrophic in moments. In the US, drownings after the age of 5 occur most often in open water. In most countries worldwide, it is open water - not baths or pools - that causes most drownings, even for young children and babies. Educate yourself and your family on open water safety - it is truly a gift of life.
Surfing, waterskiing, snorkeling - water sports represent a special mixture of exhilaration, freedom and serenity. Review these resources before embarking on your summer adventures to ensure that your water sport fun stays that way.
Picture sailing over a picturesque lake or navigating white water in a kayak. We all know the picture should include a lifejacket, right? Except in 88% of boating drowning deaths, the victim wasn’t wearing a lifejacket. Nothing is more tragic than a death that could have been so easily prevented. Protect yourself and your family with that and the other simple - but often overlooked - steps to a safe boating experience.