Drowning Myths

There are a lot of myths about drowning and water safety. Test how accurate your drowning prevention knowledge is.

Q. Is drowning that big of problem?

A. Yes. It is the leading cause of accidental death among children between the age of one and four.

Q. Don’t more children die in open water than in swimming pools?

A. No. 50% of deaths by drowning occur in residential pools.

Q. Isn’t the most important thing to have a locked gate to keep neighbor kids out?

A. Not really. 65% of children who drown were in their own pool.

Q. Isn’t drowning mostly the result of parents not being around?

A. No. According to the U.S. CPSC Drowning Study, conscientious parents who understand the need for supervision are usually on the scene.

Q. If my child has had swimming lessons isn’t he/she protect from drowning?

A. No. Swimming lessons are helpful but they do not always prepare a child for a drowning situation.

Q. Isn’t constant supervision enough to prevent a drowning?

A. No. Layers of protection, including a non-climbable fence, high latches, locks, alarms and pool covers also are needed.

Q. Do fences actually stop drownings?

A. Yes. Studies show that a four-sided fence can reduce drownings by as much as 80%.

Q.Won’t a fence detract from the aesthetics of the pool?

A. There are several styles of fencing to choose from. If you still find nothing you like, consider an approved pool cover.

Q. Aren’t barriers only necessary in homes with children?

A. No. 35% of residential drownings are at somebody else’s home.

Q. Is it true that minority children have a greater chance of drowning than Anglo children?

A. Yes. On whole, minority children have less assess to swimming pools and consequently are also less likely to have had swimming lessons. Consequently, minority children are 3 times more likely to drown than a Anglo child.



Test & Teach
Have your child’s swimming skills tested at your local YMCA.

Watch & Guard
Appoint an adult to supervise all pool activities. Add barriers around your pool.

Throw out a flotation device or use a pole to reach a drowning child. Never jump in to save.

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