It’s summer! and water safety is very important. I know that a lot of preschools don’t have pools, but it is important to educate parents on water safety as well.
“Every year in the U.S., nearly 900 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 die from unintentional drowning. This infographic highlights disparities in drowning deaths, risk factors that affect all children and adolescents, and a multilayered approach to drowning prevention.” Internet, 2022.
Here are more facts on drowning from the CDC- https://www.cdc.gov/drowning/facts/index.html
When my son was young, around two or three, he was sitting by the pool, I was in the water. I put my head under the water for a second. When I came up, he was under the water. He had fallen in.
Thank goodness I got to him in time. I’m sure he was trying to reach for a ball or something and fell in. The next time I went swimming I left in in the house with his dad where I knew he would be safe.
When I went swimming with him, I made sure that my eyes were on him at all times. So I did not swim when he was near the pool or swimming even though he had floaties on. That’s why they call drowning the quiet killer. Because you can’t hear the child hit the water, and it can take seconds for them to be under the water.
Here is a checklist that you can print and send home with your parents-https://www.safekids.org/checklist/open-water-safety-checklist
I hope this information is helpful to you and your parents