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Stay alert: Drowning can happen in an instant
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As the weather gets hotter, it’s a good time to review some water safety tips.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report more children, ages 1 to 4, die from drowning than any other cause, and it’s the second leading cause of death for children ages 5-14. Every year in the U.S. there are an estimated 4,000 fatal unintentional drownings, an average of 11 drowning deaths per day. 

The TFI Family of Companies provides these tips, encouraging everyone to be vigilant when in or around water:

• Never leave your child alone; if you must leave, take your child with you.

• Find age-appropriate swimming lessons for your child, but keep in mind that lessons do not make your child “drown-proof.”

• Lifeguards are not babysitters; always keep your eyes on your child.

• Do not let children play around drains and suction fittings.

• Never consume alcohol when operating a boat, and always make sure everyone is wearing U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

• Do not underestimate the power of water; even rivers and lakes can have undertows.

• Always have a first aid kit and emergency contact information handy.

• Get training in CPR. 

• If a child is missing, check the water first.

TFI is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing foster care services and care for children and families in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, & Texas.

Aquatic activities are a great bonding experience for families, says Whitney Mansfield, chair of TFI’s Health and Safety Committee. Every pool, lake and warm summer day holds the possibility of new, fun summer experiences. All you need to add is your undivided attention to make sure safety is top of mind as well.