As the weather gets warmer, medical professionals remind all of us to keep an eye on our kids while swimming this summer.
Sixteen Illinois children, under the age of 18, lost their lives due to accidental drowning in 2015. Seven of those were in pools – 10 kids didn’t make it to their fifth birthday. Every day, two children in the U.S. younger than 14 years old die from drowning. It’s the leading cause of injury or death for children under four.
“If you have a pool in your backyard or you’re around a pool, make sure that it’s fenced and really keep the child in bright swimming trunks,” said Amy Jones, a health care professional. “Also, if possible, keep them in life protective safety jackets.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are more than 3,500 deadly drowning each year in the U.S.