Cook Children’s Drowning Prevention Display Reminds Parents to #LifeguardYourChild This Memorial Day Weekend
More than 20 children have been treated for drowning injuries at the hospital since the beginning of 2022. This is a record number of drownings for this time period.
Fifteen swimsuits and five rubber duckies hang on a clothesline in front of Cook Children’s Medical Center today. They represent the more than 20 children who have been treated for drowning injuries at the hospital since the beginning of 2022. Unfortunately, three of those children died. Each swimsuit matches the age and gender of the swimming pool drowning patients treated this year. The rubber duckies represent the five children who drowned in bathtubs.
The display is located in front of Cook Children’s Medical Center, located at 801 7th Ave. It is on the north lawn, directly across from the N.E.S.T. Clinic on Cooper Street.
This is a record number of drownings for this time period at Cook Children’s. We installed the display ahead of Memorial Day Weekend in hopes of preventing future drownings as this is typically one of the worst weekends for drowning patients at Cook Children’s.
|Year (January - May)||Total # of drownings||Fatal|
Lifeguard your Child began in 2016 and continues its regional collaboration, led by Cook Children’s, to prevent drownings in North Texas. The campaign aligns consistent messages and educational goals across our region. Together with community partners across 11 counties, we work year-round to provide education, Water Watcher tags, swim lessons, life jackets and other prevention tools to families.
The Lifeguard Your Child campaign is spread through the Safe Kids North Texas Coalition, which is based in Fort Worth and led by Cook Children’s.
The campaign’s strategies include Cook Children’s Loaner Life Jacket Stations at many lake entry points across the region. Families can go to the stations to find U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets in a variety of sizes with easy tips for a proper fit.
Safety tips for home swimming pools:
- Assign a water watcher, aka an adult who will commit to 100% supervision of children in and around water.
- Restrict access by installing door locks high out of children’s reach. Door and window alarms can signal if someone leaves the house.
- Install four-sided fencing around pools with a self-latching gate that only opens out. The fence should be at least 4 feet (preferably 5 feet) high.
- Remove all toys and floats from the pool area so children are not tempted to get close to the water.
- For above-ground pools, make sure the ladder is removed and not accessible when it’s not swimming time.
- Consider a pool surface alarm to alert if anyone/anything falls into the water.
Safety tips for the bathtub:
- An adult must stay at the side of the tub in reach of the child.
- Pay attention. This is not the time for multitasking.
- Ignore distractions like the doorbell or phone calls.
- Drain the tub after each use.
For more information, visit: Drowning Prevention | The Center for Children's Health (centerforchildrenshealth.org)