Losing a child is arguably every parent's greatest fear. For many Idaho moms and dads, that fear intensifies during swim season.
At the national level, the Centers for Disease Control reports drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for kids between the ages of 1 and 15. Additionally:
- one study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also confirms 390 deaths a year occur on average in pools or jet tubs;
- while the Treasure Valley YMCA reports 2022 saw an average of 11 drowning deaths per day in Idaho swimming pools, spas, fresh water, and boating-related incidents.
If you're as horrified by those statistics as I am, we're not alone, friend.
I had just finished updating an article on Boise-area swim lessons for littles when a Facebook reel on child pool drownings appeared in my Facebook newsfeed (thanks, Big Brother). The reel with 144,000 views was posted by a concerned Florida mom who cautions parents from buying blue bathing suits for their kids. To watch the reel, click here.
Is there a correlation between the color of your kid's swimsuit and their odds of drowning?
Alive Solutions, an organization that specializes in water safety, believes so. In 2020, the group conducted an informal study test on the visibility of a variety of colored swimsuits in light and dark-bottom pools, as well as lakes.
Overall, their findings indicated white and blue swimsuits were the least visible, therefore increasing the risk a child may be overlooked during a drowning incident. On which colors parents should select for their kids' swimwear, AS suggests going with bright neon colors that stand out in any body of water.
As Idaho heads into the summer months, we wish you and your family a happy and safe season of swim! For more information on water safety for Idaho children, click here!