No matter what age they are, children are at a higher risk of harm when they are around water than adults are. Here are some specs that show just how bad water can be for children:
- Residential settings have been shown to hold the highest risk for children. The majority of death and injuries in pools and spas that involve children ages 1-2 happen in residential settings.
- For children ages 1-4, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death. Not car accidents, house fires, or other random events—drowning.
- Studies show that most drownings occur when there is a short lapse in adult supervision. Even if you are just stepping inside to answer the phone, do not leave your child unattended!
- The silent killer. Most of the time when a child drowns, it happens silently and quickly. There is not a lot of splashing and screaming, so it is easy for it to go unnoticed if the child is not being watched.