International Water Safety Day is May 15, and the American Red Cross will participate in a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the importance of water safety.
Before Americans begin their summertime vacations, a coalition of organizations, including the Consumer Safety Commission, the YMCA and media outlet CNN, are participating in a hearing on Capitol Hill to prevent more drowning deaths.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 388,000 drowning deaths occur annually around the world, making drowning a global public health problem. In the U.S., drowning is the second leading cause of fatal unintentional injury death for children ages one to 14.
The American Red Cross encourages all household members to enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and Learn-to-Swim programs. To find classes for your family, contact your local aquatic facility and ask for Red Cross swimming programs. Developing skills and water safety behaviors help people be more comfortable and safe when they are in, on and around the water.
- Make water safety a priority.
- Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water.
- Maintain constant supervision.
- Know what to do in an emergency.
- Take the Home Pool Essentials course.