It’s a warm summer day and you’re at the pool with your kids. Your cell phone rings and you answer it, shifting focus from your kids to the phone conversation. Good idea? Not at all. It could even be deadly. Most kids were under an adult’s supervision just before they drowned.

Active supervision is the most important precaution for drowning. A supervised child is in sight at all times with your undivided attention focused on the child.

Undivided supervision is essential all places, including at home. Approximately 3 out of 4 pool submersion deaths and 3 out of 5 pool submersion injuries occur at a home pool.

Drowning is the second highest cause of unintentional death for children ages 14 and younger. Each year in the United States, about 400 children in this age bracket drown in pools and spas. That’s more than a child a day. Take these steps to protect your child and keep these statistics down.

For more information, check out these tips from Safe Kids Coalition:

Safe Kids Coalition also has water safety videos here:

~ Lisa Klindt Simpson, coordinator, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin

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