NEW YORK (CNN) – Summer is entering the final stretch, but in many parts of the country, there’s more swim time ahead.
According to the consumer product safety commission, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between five and fourteen years of age.
By this point in the season, many children have had swim lessons or camps. But reminders about pool safety, should be ongoing.
We teach the children if they have long hair you need to tie your hair back, do not swim near a drain. If a cover is coming loose in a pool that, that pool needs to be shut down until it is repaired because you can become stuck.
Karen Cohn lost her 6-year-old son Zachary to a drain entrapment. She’s since channeled her energy into the Zac foundation, which will hold a total of 25 camps across the country this summer, teaching young swimmers ages 5 through 9 their ABCD’s of pool safety.
- An adult should always be nearby
- Don’t climb over barriers like fences or gates if a pool is closed
- Classes like swim lessons and CPR
- Drain safety.
Parents should avoid distractions when children are in the water.
Do not read a book, do not rely on lifeguards, do not check your phones, make sure your eyes are always on your children. That’s the most important.