WATCH YOUR KIDS AROUND WATER!
Drowning is a quick and silent killer. It can happen in a matter of seconds. There will soon be activity on or around the water: swimming and wading pools, fun at the beach or cottage, and boating.
Children are at risk of drowning year-round but the risk increases in spring as ponds, lakes and rivers begin to thaw. Curious toddlers are often drawn to fast flowing water but they don't understand the dangers. The risk of drowning peaks in summer as more people use swimming pools, beaches and other bodies of water to cool off.
Young children most often drown in backyard swimming pools, bathtubs, rivers and lakes, hot tubs, ditches and ponds. Two-thirds of these drownings happen to those who never intended to get wet in the first place. Unattended toddlers are especially at risk of drowning because they are mobile and very curious. As a result, they need close and constant supervision by an adult. Children under five years of age are the least capable to self-rescue of any age group. Although these statistics are frightening, it is important to remember that drownings are preventable. Parents and caregivers are reminded to keep children within arm’s reach at all times when in or close to water.