No matter what age they are, children are at a higher risk of harm when they are around water than adults are. Here are some specs that show just how bad water can be for children:
- Residential settings have been shown to hold the highest risk for children. The majority of death and injuries in pools and spas that involve children ages 1-2 happen in residential settings.
- For children ages 1-4, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death. Not car accidents, house fires, or other random events—drowning.
- Studies show that most drownings occur when there is a short lapse in adult supervision. Even if you are just stepping inside to answer the phone, do not leave your child unattended!
- The silent killer. Most of the time when a child drowns, it happens silently and quickly. There is not a lot of splashing and screaming, so it is easy for it to go unnoticed if the child is not being watched.
For more safety tips, read Pool Safety Tips for Children Pt III.