Did you know drowning is one of the leading causes of injury and death for children ages 1 to 14? Thankfully, though, parents and other adults can save a child's life just by remembering a few water safety tips. First, always ensure that lake conditions are suitable for your child's swimming strength. Cold temperatures, strong winds, and rip currents can make swimming in open water more hazardous than just swimming in a pool. Life jackets are always a necessity for children, especially in and around natural water bodies. Lastly, always be on the lookout. Drownings happen quickly and quietly, and can occur in any water depth. Adults supervising kids should avoid distracting activities such as talking on the phone, reading, and using alcohol or drugs.
For more information on drowning prevention, click the link from the CDC below: