Swimming safety tips: Drowning misconceptions

Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children under the age of four and this time of year, from May to August is the deadliest.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children under the age of four and this time of year, from May to August is the deadliest.

Pat Daly, Recreation Supervisor with Mecklenburg County, says we must remember these are preventable deaths, which mean something can be done to make sure your child isn't a victim.

The best way to do that?

Debunking common misconceptions that put our kids at risk.
Here are the most common misconceptions according to research by Safe Kids Worldwide:

Misconception One

"I will hear my child when he/she starts to drown," Daly said, as among the leading misconceptions.

Don't count on it. She said drowning can happen quickly, and it's usually sudden and silent.

Misconception Two

"Nothing bad will happen if I take my eyes off of my child for a couple of minutes."

Experts say it takes less than a minute for a child to drown which is why it's so important to not only be able to see your child at all times when they're around water, but to also be within arm’s reach.

Misconception Three

"If there is a lifeguard present, my child's safety is guaranteed."

Daly said parents have to remember the pool is not a babysitting service and many times lifeguards are responsible for surveying large areas.

"Parent supervision is a necessity no matter what," Daly said.

Misconception Four

"If my child had swim lessons, drowning is not a threat."

According to Daly, children who are in the process of taking swim lessons are sometimes more at risk because they're comfortable in the water which can make them overly confident.

Daly said anyone who is around children and the water needs to remember, "drowning is always a threat."

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