Safety and Injury Prevention Water Safety Every year, approximately 6,000 people lose their lives in a drowning accident. Swimming and playing in water provide the perfect way to stay cool in the hot summer months, and it can be a great source of exercise. Many people don’t give a second thought to water safety while enjoying a day at the pool, lake, river or beach.Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. Drowning most often happens in swimming pools, spas and bathtubs in one's own home or the home of a relative.Most drownings occur within 10 to 30 feet of safety. Parents may not realize when a young child gets into trouble in the water because they may not make noise or splash. Water Safety RulesFollow these safety rules:Never leave a child unattended in a pool - not even for a few seconds. Always swim with a buddy. Even the most experienced swimmer can become tired or get muscle cramps. Use an approved flotation device. Always bring an adult with you - never let a child swim alone in any body of water without adult supervision. Swim only in safe areas supervised by a lifeguard - currents and undertows are unpredictable. Never dive into unknown bodies of water to avoid hitting your head on a shallow bottom. Even jumping feet first from extreme heights can cause serious injuries. Learn to swim from qualified instructors. Follow the rules posted at pools and water parks. Respect your lifeguard. Alcohol and water don't mix! Consuming alcoholic beverages will impair your vision as well as affect your judgment and reaction time. TRAUMA & ACUTE CARE SURGERY Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook. Get the latest injury prevention tips, news, and other updates from CoxHealth. right Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook.