facebook pixel Be Smart Around Water—Facts and Statistics You Should Know
Site Search
< Blog Home < In the Community

Be Smart Around Water—Facts and Statistics You Should Know

Water accidents are the second leading cause of death in children 14 and younger. Remember these tips to stay safe all summer long.

Two children swimming in the pool, water safety tips. Stay safe around water.

Water accidents are the second leading cause of death in children 14 and younger. Remember these tips to stay safe all summer long.

Related: Tips for Becoming Healthier As a Family

Primary Children’s Hospital urges parents this summer, “Don’t just be there, be aware.” The message comes as an effort to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of injury death among children younger than the age of 14.

Water accidents are also a major cause of life-altering brain injuries every year. The messages emphasize that parents must assure 100 percent supervision when their children are near water, at any depth, and must stay alert and avoid distractions. Although there are many risk factors for water-related accidents, the most common in summertime include:

  • Family gatherings near pools, lakes, and rivers, which pose the greatest threat to children ages five and younger
  • Teens, who are the most at risk in open water, especially teenage boys who overestimate their swimming ability
  • Inadequate supervision, the person who is supposed to be watching the child looked away or left the area for “just a minute”  

As family and friends are enjoying summer recreation, whether it is near a lake, river, or pool, there are some simple tips to keep in mind, such as:

Never take your eyes off children in the water

If a child is missing, always check the pool or water first

Teach a child to swim, but remember, there is no substitution for supervision

Never dive into unknown water

Keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency

Use approved life jackets  

Related: 5 Tips for Planning a Safe Hike

Tragedies happen in a blink of an eye

There’s simply no substitute for 100 percent supervision. Watch your children at all times when they’re around any type of water. Most children love water and it can be fun, but kids and water can present a dangerous mix at anyplace and anytime.

Water-related incidents can be prevented by being aware, educating children, and watching conscientiously. To prepare for an emergency, adults should learn infant and child CPR.

Be sure to check out other healthy living articles. 


SelectHealth may link to other websites for your convenience. SelectHealth does not expressly or implicitly recommend or endorse the views, opinions, specific services, or products referenced at other websites linked to the SelectHealth site, unless explicitly stated.

SelectHealth disclaims any responsibility for the content, information or the privacy and security policies contained on other websites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those sites.

You May Also Like...

Healthcare and Insurance Basics

The Differences between Medicare and Medicaid

We’re explaining the main differences between Medicare and Medicaid—programs administered by the government that provide health care coverage.

Healthy Living

Here’s Why Taking 10,000 Steps A Day Is Good for You

You may have heard the hype about walking 10,000 steps a day, but do you know the why behind it?

Nutrition and Diet

Dairy-free Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a mug of dairy-free hot chocolate—made with just a few simple ingredients.


What Playing Football Taught Me about Business

Here’s how my passion for playing football has helped me off the field.

Related Articles

Related Articles

In the Community

Five Ways to Celebrate Your Inner Leprechaun

Need some ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’ve listed five green activities for you to enjoy.

In the Community

Idaho Select 25 Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Idaho Select 25 winners! These organizations make their communities healthier, safer, and stronger.

In the Community

Kelly's Health Journey

Get inspired by a SelectHealth employee and mom who shares her journey back to health.

In the Community

Reasons Why Volunteering Is Important

Most of us want to do good in the world and have a desire to help others. Here are some reasons why volunteering is not only good for your community, but good for your physical health too.

Post Author

Bobby Macey

Bobby Macey is a marketer and writer by trade. He’s been published nationally and writes on myriad topics—particularly healthy living.