Now that summer is in full swing, the one thing that is one every parent’s mind is how to keep their children safe in the water. And if there is one person who especially wants parents to stay mindful, it's mom Nicole Hughes.
Nicole explains that her 3-year-old son Levi slipped away one night while he was watching television with a group of kids at home. She says that he somehow managed to slip outside, went down stairs, and got into the pool on his own.
It only took a few minutes for his mother to find him in the water. Her husband along with all of his friends are physicians and desperately tried to save him. Unfortunately, little Levi passed away that night.
That’s when Nicole started researching drowning statistics and came up with an idea of her own: a water guardian tag. According to the mother, it’s a simple way to designate an adult to be on call at all time, or at least when there are children inside a home. All you have to do is make sure that one adult wears the tag hanging from a lanyard around their neck.
According to POPSUGAR, Nicole says, “It is easy to ask a spouse or other caretaker, 'Hey, can you watch the kids for a minute?' But, it is not enough. Parents, especially of small children, are easily distracted, so a tangible reminder, an effective 'tagging' of who is supervising is simple but powerful."
The $10 waterproof water guardian tags have already been endorsed by the American Lifeguard Association as an initiative that can help save lives in the future.
As a matter of fact, statistics show that in 2015 an estimated 360,000 young children and adults died from drowning. The World Health Organization says that drowning is often considered as one of the major health problems in the world. Injuries sustained from drowning or pool accidents account for over 9 percent of total global mortality.
If that weren’t enough, drowning are also the third learning cause of unintentional death, accounting for more than 7 percent of all injury related deaths. An accidental death by drowning can take anywhere from three to four minutes. At the same time though, those who drown often struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs. If you see a person that is in the process of drowning, this is your rescue window. In other words, there isn’t much time.
Many children can drown in less than two inches (or six centimeters) of water. That means drownings can happen in places that you would least expect it. They can occur anywhere from the kitchen sink, the toilet bowl, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater.