The death of Young County boy is serving as a reminder to parents to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of kids near the water, whether around swimming pools or lakes and rivers.
According to helpandhope.org, 49 kids have drowned in Texas so far in 2018 alone and water can be easily accessed and dangerous if children are not properly supervised.
Kayla Carraway has a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old kid, and soon they will be going on a lake trip, so she decided to have both enrolled in Camp Fire swim lessons.
Carraway understands the importance of safety and that is why she believes parents need to make sure they know where their kids are at all times.
“All kids need a parent if they aren’t able to swim or even the ones that can swim still need some kind of supervision if they are not an adult for themselves,” Carraway said. “As parents, we need to look out for each other. If I’m seeing something happen, I need to take the initiative to say hey do you see this or take action if needed.”
Executive Director of Camp Fire Bettye Ricks says children even at the age of 6-months-old need to get swim lessons.
“Go ahead and do that and be sure to get them ready to be in pools and water and things like that,” Ricks said. “I think that’s the main thing, just be responsible for your children to see that they get the training that they need. If they could even just learn to float in the water and manage themselves it’s a blessing really it is. We just always felt that it was just necessary.”
Ricks also said Camp Fire teaches not only the kids how to be safe but their parents, too.
“We are always sure we never let anyone in [the pool] without lifeguards present, it’s just a thing that we have always done,” Ricks said. “Someone needs to be watching the children all of the time when they are in the water. I can’t imagine them just letting their kids go and not watching them as they are swimming wherever they are.”
Carraway agrees and said it is always better to be safe than sorry.
“If there is anything out there to prevent tragedies I am going to take it,” Carraway said. “Life jackets, swim lessons, to help them know what to do if something were to happen. I don’t expect them to know how to swim at such a young age but to at least know what to do if something were to happen.”
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