AUGUST IS DROWNING IMPACT AWARENESS MONTH
When a child drowns, the devastation is widespread, long-term and deeply felt. But, drownings are preventable and families can take steps to protect their children. Recognizing the impact of drownings and teaching families to reduce risk is the purpose of the Drowning Impact Awareness Month Campaign. Arizona is always ranked one of the top four states in the nation for child drownings. The combination of sweltering heat and back-to-school distractions make August a high-risk time for child drownings to occur. During 2017, 163 drownings occurred in Arizona. In 2016, Arizona recorded 205 drownings. 70% of the drownings involved children less than 5 years of age. Formal proclamations signed by Governor Ducey and Mayors across the State support the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. You can wear a purple ribbon to show your support for the campaign during the month of August. More information www.preventdrownings.org
The ABC’s of Water Safety:
- A-ADULT SUPERVISION:Designate one responsible adult who is dedicated to watching the kids around water. The “Water Watcher” should have a whistle or ribbon, something to remind themselves they are responsible for the safety of kids in water. This also means no drinking alcohol, talking on the phone or texting. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little is one inch of water.
- B: BARRIERS TO WATER:Barriers will ensure a curious child stays safe around water. Do not get in the habit of propping a gate open. If you do, your peace of mind and the security of the barrier is compromised. An inconvenience for you to use two hands to open a gate means security and safety for children.
- C: CLASSES FOR SWIMMING AND CPR:Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Take time to teach kids to swim. Starting at a young age, kids can learn water safety to help them in case of an emergency.