• Children younger than 1 year old are more likely to drown at home.
• For children younger than 5, 87% of drowning fatalities happen in home pools or tubs.
• Most take place in pools owned by family, friends or relatives.
• After pools, bathtubs are the second leading location where young children drown. However, buckets, bath seats, wells, decorative ponds, and
toilets are also potential drowning sources for infants and toddlers.
• Those 5 to 17 years old are more likely to drown in natural water, such as a pond or lake.
To ensure safety around water:
• Know that any depth of water is dangerous
• Place barriers around water
• Always designate or be a water watcher – be diligent!
• Remember drowning is quiet and quick
• Learn water rescue skills and CPR
• Take formal swim lessons
Water safety program looks different with the impact of COVID-19. The YMCA is still here for you. We have developed a virtual water safety program that will help assist you in keeping kids safe around water.