We all love Minnesota in the summer — beautiful weather, walks in the parks, splashing in the water — but did you know that drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in children ages 5-14?
Abbey’s Hope, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit that works to make pools safer and provide education and advocacy for comprehensive safety standards for pools, released a powerful public service announcement about pool and water safety.
Children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water, which means it could happen anywhere and when you least expect it. Incidents include hotel pools, bathtubs, koi ponds, creeks, apartment pools, swim lessons, and others — it can happen anywhere.
Don’t assume someone else is watching, even for a minute. Always designate a “water watcher” to supervise kids in the water — even if a lifeguard is on duty. Be sure the “water watcher” is free from any distractions like cell phones, books, etc.
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In 2015, 24 kids were admitted to Children’s for near-drowning-related injuries.
Because it only takes seconds for a child to drown, the organization is urging people to become water watchdogs to ensure the safety of every child using a swimming pool. Watch the PSA below.