With Water Safety Awareness Day at the Capitol approaching on May 1st, State Representative Noreen Kokoruda co-hosted a Legislative Forum on Water Safety Awareness with State Representative Linda Orange and the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS) in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on February 27, 2018.
Legislators, local officials and community advocates discussed drowning facts and figures, as well as proper water safety.
“I am proud to be involved in this bipartisan initiative with the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. Raising awareness of safety around water and educating individuals of proper precautions to take is essential to keeping our children safe. Especially as we approach the summer season, I hope that continuing this conversation can make people think before entering the water or before bringing their children around water,” said State Representative Noreen Kokoruda.
According the CWCS:
- 62 children from birth to age 19 drowned in Connecticut from 2004-2014
- 2/3 of children who drown are African American or Hispanic
- 90% of children on the autism spectrum, who die, drown
- Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects)
- Among those ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes
- African American children ages 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of white children
- From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States – about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people die each year from drowning in boating-related accidents
- About 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion inquiries
Here are a few key points made during this forum:
- Never take your eyes off of children in the water
- Appoint a designated “water watcher” taking turns with other adults
- Stay alert while supervising and avoid distractions like reading or the telephone
- Learn infant and child CPR and rescue safety tips
- Teach children to swim after age 4
Kokoruda can be reached at 800 842-1423, or Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov.
For more information visit: https://ctcwcs.com/water-safety-for-kids/.