“Watch Your Kids Around Water!”
In the Valley of the Sun Metro Area (Phoenix and it’s environs) you see and hear this ALL THE TIME. Why? Because Phoenix has the most swimming pools per capita of any American city! 52.63% of homes have an outdoor swimming pool in a recent study.
But, we still have children drowning! Even with different cities mandating self-closing gates and unclimbable fencing.
The problem, not unlike the silly, unenforceable gun safety measures, is the adults.
This is what you hear, time-and-time again: ” I just turned around for a minute. I fell asleep while watching the baby. Last I saw him, he was in his bed.”
And herein lies the paradox. When I was growing up, we didn’t have our parents watching us every minute. We were told, don’t play past this street, make certain you are home at a certain time, don’t play with (the local juvenile delinquent). And we obeyed the rules (generally).
As for the younger children, we all watched out for them, even without being asked. And, if there were no older children, the parents did the watching. Constantly.
Of course, this is no guarantee of safety. This is not a NERF World. Stuff happens.
One doesn’t have to have a swimming pool. One may drown in a mop bucket. A child can drown in as little as 7mm of water!
Watch your kids around water. Or reap the consequences.
…. drowning is the leading cause of death in Arizona
among children 1‐4 years of age. Arizona’s second leading cause in this age group is death from motor vehicle traffic. http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/osp/data.htm