According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 74 Texas children drowned in 2012. In 2011, 90 Texas children drowned. Even though the numbers are improving, even one child’s death from drowning is too many. Since most drownings occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, The Department of Family and Protective Services is promoting “Watch Kids Around Water.”
The new campaign aims to educate parents and other adult caregivers about the dangers of drowning and offer tips on prevention. Children older than one year most often drown in apartment or backyard pools, are often in the care of a parent and are gone for five minutes or less, according to the DFPS.
The Watch Kids Around Water website has several safety suggestions, including an interactive tutorial called Lifeguard 101. This tutorial gives safety tips for different situations, such as indoor safety, outdoor safety, backyard safety and lakes and rivers safety.
When families are swimming this summer, there should be at least one adult present, actively supervising children. Be prepared and keep kids safe this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the year.