There are so many risk factors to consider when you, or your family go swimming. So many people don't consider a few factors that could end up getting someone hurt, or killed.
A group called Safe Kids Worldwide released a report this month that looked at different risk factors.
1. OPEN water is the most dangerous. That means oceans, lakes, and rivers.
43% of childhood drownings happen there.
38% happen in swimming pools.
9% happen in bathtubs.
The remaining 10% of drownings were unspecified.
2. Keep an eye on teenagers at the beach, not just young kids.
49% of open water drownings involve kids between 15 and 19 years old.
15% involve 10-to-14-year-olds.
13% involve kids between 5 and 9.
And 23% involve kids under the age of 5.
3. Boys are more likely to get into trouble in the water. 80% of open water fatalities involve boys, and just 20% involve girls.
Sudden drop offs are also dangerous! Keep your eyes open this summer while out swimming. Have fun, and just take the proper measures!