Drowning is the main cause of death for Sacramento’s toddlers and preschoolers. In Sacramento County, 70% of drowning deaths occur in children under the age of 5. In California, every year, 75 families lose a child under the age of 5 to drowning. Help protect your child from these preventable tragedies.
The majority of drowning deaths occur in the family pool with 70% of the incidents occurring between 2 - 8 p.m.
Drowning is a quick and silent killer. In the time it takes to do these simple tasks, a child can become submerged, loose consciousness, sustain permanent brain damage, or die.
Read the following ABC and Ds of drowning prevention to learn how to keep your child safe:
Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death in Sacramento County for young children.
Constant adult supervision is essential in preventing childhood drownings. These tragedies often occur while a caregiver is at home and there is a brief lapse in supervision.
A drowning can occur in seconds, in any water which covers a child’s nose and mouth including bathtubs, buckets, inflatable pools, natural bodies of water, pools, spas, toilets
Always remember to:
Installation and proper use of barriers or "layers of protection" is crucial. Many victims were last seen safe inside the home.
Isolation fences must separate the pool or spa from the residence with openings no more than 4 inches wide so children cannot squeeze through spaces. They must be non-climbable, four-sided and a minimum of 48 inches high. A fence that measures 60 inches high is recommended.
Additional Barrier Advice:
Rules of the Water:
Create a safe pool environment. Be prepared and practice lifesaving procedures prior to an emergency situation.
Children and non-swimmers must wear personal flotation devices (PFD or life jacket), which are US Coast Guard approved around any body of open water.
Floaties or inflatable toys are not designed to be used as a PFD, life-jacket or substitute for adult supervision.
Additional Device Advice: