HOUSTON, TX – It’s April Pools Day! The month of April is Water Safety Awareness Month.
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, drowning is the country’s number one cause of death in children ages 1 to 4, and the second biggest cause in children ages 5 to 14.
Harris County has the most drownings of individuals under 18 than any county in Texas.
“These drowning statistics are horrific and we as a community of parents, child safety experts, and elected officials must work together to protect our children,” says Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson.
So how can we reduce these horrific numbers?
The Safe Kids Greater Houston Water Safety Program has an answer. Prevention.
Assistant Director of Aquatics at Rice University, Susanna Leonard says, “parents we definitely encourage you to be with your children at all times in the water and near the water; and if your children are older and know how to swim, make sure they have a friend with them at all times.”
Just remember — be careful with those kids around bathtubs, buckets, or any body of water. Easier said than done, but let’s work on it!