MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As summer approaches and we prepare for water-related recreational activities, May is National Water Safety Month. It's a campaign to raise awareness and public education about staying safe on the water.
"National Water Safety Month helps bring many voices together at the start of the busy summer swim season," said Connie Harvey, Director of the Aquatics Centennial Initiative for the American Red Cross. "This helps amplify the messages of the importance of knowing good strategies for water safety, ensuring that everyone in the family learns how to swim and that parents and caregivers have the knowledge and skills to handle emergencies around the water, including how to perform CPR,"
When we think of water safety, we often think of the potential for young children to drown but drowning also is a concern for teens and young adults. The National Safety Council recorded 737 people age five to 24 drowned in 2014. The council reports that while drowning is more common for children five and younger, it's the second leading cause of death for people age five to 24.
According to the CDC, about 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning.
Detailed information about National Water Safety Month, for both consumers and businesses, can be found at this link.
"As families come together to enjoy waterparks this summer, our members are focused on promoting safer water practices," said Rick Root, World Waterpark Association (WWA) President. "Participating in National Water Safety Month is a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about the importance of learning to swim and providing undistracted parental supervision while children are in the water,"