Aug 28, 2014 4:24 PM
As families celebrate this Labor Day Weekend, the Department of Children and Family (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers that the potential risk of drowning, whether in a swimming pool or natural body of water, is still present.
Since 2000, DCFS has investigated 65 accidental deaths caused by drowning in an outdoor body of water. On average, four Louisiana children die each year in pools, lakes, rivers, canals, ponds and ditches.
"Hotter temperatures in Louisiana mean we often spend our Labor Day celebrations in the water," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Whether swimming in pools, or boating in our lakes and bayous, it is important that someone always keeps an eye on children and is able to recognize when someone needs help and respond quickly in order to prevent tragedy."
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between one and four years old and is the third leading cause of death among children older than four. Drowning incidents can also increase up to 89 percent during the summer months, as compared with the rest of the year.
Safe Kids Worldwide offers the following swimming safety tips: