Last year 163 children in South Carolina drowned, according to Safe Kids Upstate, which is an advocacy organization for child safety. The group also says 42 percent of injuries happen during Summer months.
“When this kind of tragedies happen in other families, people think that this is never going to happen to me, and we don’t really know.” said Nydia Arce, who is a special project coordinator at Safe Kids Upstate with the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health and Advocacy.
Among one to four-year-olds, drowning is the leading cause of preventable death.
Safe Kids Upstate recommends using flotation devices and designating adult “water watchers” who take turns supervising kids every 30 minutes.
“The important thing is have the responsibility to watch the kid without distraction,” Arce said.
Another preventable issue comes with car seats, no matter the season.
“73 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly,” Arce said.
Safe Kids Upstate offers free inspections at 14 locations in the area to make sure your child’s car seat is properly secured.