Sage Safety Advice: Looking for your kid? Check the baby pool first.

Summer is here and the baby pools are out. We recently refrained from purchasing a tall one that was fun for mom and dad, but too drowny for our 2 year old. The safety instructions for the one we ended up buying had this awesome piece of advice:

The FIRST place to check if you are looking for your baby (even if you think she is in the house) is your pool.

Drowning is the most common cause of death for children 1-4 except for congenital abnormalities. A child can drown in a couple of inches of water in a pool, bucket, tub, etc.

A couple of facts ripped directly from the CDC’s water injury fact sheet:

  • Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.
  • Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.
  • Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.

Be sure that you are up on your first aid if you are around children.

Stay safe, swim often.

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