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Swimming Safety and Awareness: Protect and Educate Your Kids!

Steve Wagner

A report was recently released from the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Department of Natural Resources which stated that in most of the 11 youth drowning instances in 2011, the cause was related to the children being unsupervised.

Young children, even those who are capable of swimming independently of assistance, often don’t have the good judgement skills or the safety awareness to avoid dangerous situations in the water. Without proper supervision, children are more prone to unsafe roughhousing, getting themselves into situations they can’t safely get out of, and swimming out further into a lake area than they have the stamina and ability to return from.

Situations like these could all be avoided with the proper supervision. If you are watching your own children this summer, keep a close eye on them and take extra steps to educate them on water safety. If you are entrusting your children to the care of another adult, take the steps to make sure that adult is responsible enough to watch your children diligently. Caretaker negligence is responsible for the death of far too many children, and since swimming pool accidents are so common, we want you to be aware of the dangers involved and how you can take steps to prevent the injury or death of a child.

  1. Do not ever leave children unattended in the water.
  2. Make sure children stay well fed and hydrated before extreme outdoor exertion. If they run out of energy, they are more likely to get overtired and succumb to an injury.
  3. Make children aware of the dangers of roughhousing in the water.
  4. Take time to make sure the safety devices they are swimming with are in good, working order and have no damage to them that might cause them to fail.
  5. Be aware of what drowning looks like and that it doesn’t always happen like you see it on tv. Kids may not be able to physically call out for help, and they may not be able to wave or signal for help in any way.

Keep your eyes open for any sign of distress, whether it is silent or verbal. Paying close attention is what can save lives.

If your child has been injured or killed in a swimming accident, give the lawyers at Wagner Reese a call for more information on how we can assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve for the financial losses you have sustained as a result of this accident.

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