As the temperatures soared in Texas in June, so did the number of child drownings. 30 Texas children, most of them toddlers drowned last month. There have been 60 so far this year. The majority of the deaths have occurred in swimming pools at private homes, and as the Fourth of July weekend approaches Texans are urged to watch their children closely around water.
"If you can't see a child, you can't save a child," said Sasha Rasco, DFPS assistant commissioner for Child Care Licensing. "Children should never be left unsupervised for any length of time in or around water, because the results can be devastating."
The June drowning deaths include several Central Texas children including one who drowned in Lake Bryan. In 2008, 82 children drowned in Texas, the highest annual total, but we are on pace to surpass that total this year.
Federal statistics show that children under one year old most often drown in bathtubs, buckets, or toilets, while children from one to four years old drown most often in residential swimming pools. Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.
These horrible statistics are a stark reminder that where ever there is water and children you can never watch children too closely.