Kids of all ages enjoy playing with water. Whether in a pool, at the beach or in a bath tub, the risk of drowning is always present. Young children’s natural curiosity and older adolescents’ adventurous nature puts them at a higher risk of drowning. In Sacramento County, 70% of drowning deaths occurred in children under the age of five. Drowning has been called a “silent killer” because it happens so fast and children rarely make any noise during the incident.
Fortunately, drowning is easily preventable. By taking a few extra steps to use “layers of protection” including adult active supervision, physical barriers such as self-latching pool and spa fences, and becoming CPR certified, we can do our part to help prevent drowning.
ABC’s of Drowning:
To help prevent these needless tragedies, Safe Kids Greater Sacramento partnered with the Child Abuse Prevention Center to develop the ABC’s of Drowning Prevention. This program teaches parents and caregivers easy steps to prevent drowning.
A is for Adult Supervision
B is for Barriers
C is for CPR and Classes
Safe Kids Greater Sacramento has also been a huge proponent of other local, statewide and national programs and efforts to prevent drowning. Our coalition has:
- Advocated and successfully helped to pass the 2007 Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act which requires the use of anti-entrapment drain covers and other layers of protection (e.g. pool fences, covers, alarms, etc.), creates incentive grant programs for states to adopt comprehensive pool and spa safety laws and establishes a national drowning prevention education program within the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission;
- Promoted the Water Watcher program, where adults take turns watching the children when a group of adults and children go to a pool, beach, or other body of water to swim (download a Water Watcher card here);
- Provided training materials and education to a number of local agencies to share with their clients about water safety;
- Offered pool and spa safety classes to the community;
- Participated in and sponsored local “Life Jacket Loan Programs”, where an individual or family can check out life jackets for a day or weekend; and
- Provided relevant safety education to local communities.
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