Based on studies carried out by the World Health Organization, drowning is one of the top 10 reasons for death in persons 1 - 24 years old. Top 10.
The report indicated that the drowning death toll world wide is almost 2/3 that of malnutrition and 1/2 that of malaria Why should something that is preventable has such a high track record in taking lives?
Drowning is an ACCIDENT. It can be prevented, but we have to be proactive to make sure it Can be prevented.
Three easy tips to avoid drowning:
1 - Enroll you child in swim classes today. The more competent they are in water, the less likely it is that you will have drowning incidents.
2 - Ensure that access to all open bodies of water is limited. That is, for pools and spas, ensure there are gates and fences securing your child from having direct access to the facility. Where the body of water s open (the beach, river, ponds etc), ensure your child is accompanied by an adult who can swim.
3. Never swim alone (even if you are a competent swimmer).