Summer is here, school is out, and now the kids of Georgia are looking to have some summer fun out on lakes, in pools, and at the beach. However, just because it’s the season for water sports doesn’t mean there isn’t any danger out there.
The Dangerous Days Of Summer
Unfortunately, summer isn’t just the season for fun, it is also the time of the year when drowning incidents most often occur. Drowning is the number one cause of injury-related deaths in children ages 1 through 4, but it is also the third leading cause of death for children under the age of 19, and this year is shaping up to be another dangerous year for young swimmers.
On June 5th, tragedy struck on Lake Sinclair when a 17-year-old swimming with friends at Rocky Creek disappeared under the water. The police later found the boy on the south side of the lake, but by then it was too late. Just days before the Lake Sinclair incident, a 4-year-old girl from Macon drowned while swimming with family members at a Daytona Beach hotel swimming pool. In both incidents, a little safety knowledge would have gone a long way toward saving lives.
What Do You Know About Swimming Safety?
Swimming Safety knowledge can go a long way, so here are some tips from the experts at the Medical College of Georgia:
- Even a small amount of water is dangerous—A child can drown in up to two inches of water, so don’t underestimate the danger because there’s not a lot of water around.
- A life jacket is a life-saver—The experts recommend that children use life jackets at the pool, the beach and the lake, so make sure your kid has the right one for them. The teenager who died at Lake Sinclair was last seen removing his life-preserver, so make sure your child is properly fitted for a life jacket, no matter what age they are.
- Parental supervision is required—The most important swimming safety tip you can take to heart is to make sure an adult who can swim is keeping an eye on any children who are in the water. The little girl who drowned in Daytona Beach was left in the care of two boys ages 8 and 4 at the time of the incident.
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