Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in kids aged one to 15, so why are parents so cavalier when it comes to pool safety?
While few parents would allow their child to be unsupervised in a lake or the ocean, more than a third, 37 percent to be exact, would allow their child to be in a home, hotel or neighborhood pool without adult supervision.
This is according to a report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
The report is based on responses from more than 1,500 parents of children aged 6 to 18.
The poll’s co-director says familiar places, like the backyard pool, may provide a false sense of security. But we know drowning occurs everywhere.
Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children.
It is strongly advised that parents closely supervise their children at all times around water, even if they think their child is a good swimmer.