We asked Alissa Magrum, the Executive Director of the local drowning prevention nonprofit, Colin's Hope, to give us some tips on what parents can do to prevent drowning.
This is such an important topic as last year alone Texas lost 107 children to fatal drownings while 6X more survived a non-fatal drowning incident. This year, the numbers are already up to 50! Our behaviors must change to keep our children (and ourselves) safe around water as drowning is preventable. There a few simple things and few small behavior changes you can make that can help keep you and your family to be safer around water.
Please take 3 minutes and take the Colin’s Hope water safety quiz here. Then read on and you can quickly add water safety tools to your parenting toolbox (our your pool or beach bag).
10 simple things YOU can do NOW to help prevent drowning.
- Talk to your kids about water safety and tell them to NEVER get in water without an adult Water Guardian (that’s YOU or another adult).
- Understand that drowning is FAST and SILENT.
- Keep Kids in Arm’s Reach when near, in and around water.
- Enroll your kids and yourself in formal swim lessons and learn to swim.
- Ensure that your pool and your neighbors pools are fenced and have self latching/ locking gates.
- Weak and non-swimmers should wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved and properly fitted life jacket NOT water wings or floaties.
- Teach kids to stay away from pool drains to avoid entrapment.
- Learn CPR
- Visit www.colinshope.org and learn more, volunteer or donate.
- Share this information with your friends and family- it could save a life!
Colin’s Hope has a vision of a world where children do not drown. I hope that you will share this vision and this important water safety information as we endure another long, hot Texas summer.