Watch Kids Intently At The Pool, Backyard

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

Safe Kids Kansas says drownings increase in the summer months by 89 percent, and 81 percent of those who drown are children under five in the state of Kansas.

Clearly, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on children while swimming, but some parents may take for granted just how much attention should be paid to the kids.

Jan Stegelman of Safe Kids Kansas says children don't make much noise while drowning. If a child is missing from a home with a pool, that is the first place parents should look.

It only takes 3 inches of water for a child to drown, and it doesn't take much time for it to happen.

One idea to keep an eye on kids, have parents at the pool take turns, perhaps 15-minute intervals to ONLY watch the swimmers. Not eating, not talking, only watching the children.

Click the link for more tips, as well as a "watch card" that can be passed around to the kids.

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