Drowning prevention – watch your kids
100 percent supervision key to drowning prevention
The drowning numbers at Cook Children’s alone are startling:
- 2 deaths to begin the month of July
- 26 non-fatal drownings from June 1 to July 1, 2015
- 43 non-fatal drownings from Oct. 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015
- 4 fatal drownings during that same time frame
And now we head into the July 4th weekend where people will be throwing pool parties at their house or apartment or going out to area lakes … and at many of those parties there will be drinking.
So what’s left to say? Sharon Evans, Trauma/Injury Prevention outreach coordinator at Cook Children’s, admits to being tired, frustrated, sad and even a little angry that no matter how much the message is delivered, kids drown.
“I feel like a broken recording at this point,” Evans said. “But I don’t know what else to do. We have to keep telling people. We have to keep getting the word out. Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Tell your other family members. Kids are dying.”
And then Evans collects herself to deliver the message again.
“I don’t think people know how quickly it happens,” Evans said. “It’s just seconds and it’s a silent killer. Kids died silently. You can’t just let your kids go. Water is dangerous. It scares me because now we are headed toward the July Fourth weekend.”
If nothing else, Evans wants to make sure everyone reading this gets this point.
“It can happen to you,” Evans said. “I can say it, but I don’t think people really realize it. It can happen to you. Don’t take your eyes off of your child. You have to hold on to his or her hand sometimes. The most important thing is to be there for your child. And my God, whatever you do, you can’t let your kid go swimming or to the water alone. You have to have adult supervision.”
Evans speaks strong, but you can hear the pain and heartbreak in her voice. She’s seen a lot of this in her career and twice the amount of drownings over the last month as she saw last year. And what troubles her the most is that she knows no matter how much she speaks about drowning prevention, she will see more again.
“I wish I had a better line, a better solution,” Evans said. “I don’t know what else to say. I just know it’s preventable, if we take the right precautions.”
Click to read the following information for those precautions:
- Drownings double from a year ago
- Be a water watcher. Adult supervisions saves lives.
- Is your baby ready for swim lessons?
- Drowning tragedy - 'I can't believe this happened to me.'
- Cook Children's drowning prevention page