Texas had at least nine media-reported fatal drownings in the month of August according to new data from the USA Swimming Foundation. Sadly, this same data show that Texas not only had the highest drowning rate in the month of August, but also for the entire year, with at least 35 drownings involving children younger than 6.
The majority of these incidents occurred at a home or an apartment pool, reiterating the need for constant supervision any time a child is in or around water. If you are a parent or caregiver, please check out the crucial safety steps to follow at public and residential pools and spas on our website. While you’re there, review the Kid’s Corner too, which has both print and digital resources to make learning about water safety fun and educational.
Finally, talk as a family about water safety with your kids and take the Pool Safely Pledge because, together, we can #stopdrowning.