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New Research Reveals Persistent Misconceptions are Giving Families a False Sense of Security
As temperatures rise this summer, many families take to the water. But did you know that drowning remains one of the leading causes of preventable deaths for children in the U.S., with nearly 800 deaths each year? Help us change this and make the water a safe place for our kids to play.
I am convinced my son, Winston, was born with gills. He delights in all things water: oceans, rivers, pools, baths, even our plastic baby pool – he loves them all.
At six years of age and with dozens of swim lessons under his belt, I cautiously say Winston can swim. Just last week, at our community pool, he jumped off a diving board into the deep end and swam to the side unaided. He proceeded to repeat this 10 times in an hour.
Fireworks always remind me of late summer nights at Zephyr Field, watching the minor league Zephyrs play baseball in the muggy New Orleans’ heat. Every summer from the time I was five, my family and I would sweat through nine innings for the promise of a fireworks show at the end and it was always worth the wait. But even at a young age, I knew that fireworks could be dangerous. It made sense that we let trained professionals shoot them off.
When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed SB1152, a bill requiring kids to be in a rear-facing child safety seat up to age 2, Pennsylvania became the fourth state to pass the standard set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A rear-facing car seat is advisable for infants and toddlers because their “head heavy” body requires extra support for their head, neck and spine. Kids under the age of two are 75% less likely to sustain serious injury or die when they are in a rear-facing car seat"1".
Our new, breakthrough report, “Keeping Kids Safe In and Around Water,” provides tips for parents and caregivers to help dispel the misconceptions around water safety. There is an important tip in the report for public policy leaders and elected officials: you, too, are lifeguards for child water safety because smart laws and regulations can make swimming pools, both at home and at community pools safer.
This blog was written by Max Samis, former SKW Communications Manager.
Safe Kids descubrió 4 conceptos erróneos que muchos padres tienen acerca del ahogamiento infantil y ofrece consejos.
El ahogamiento sucede rápido y en silencio. Vigile a sus hijos cuando se encuentran dentro del agua y en sus alrededores.
6 cosas que los padres necesitan saber para proteger a sus niños en la piscina. ¿Conoce todos estos consejos?