So far this year in Texas, 28 children have drowned. Unfortunately, that number will increase. Child Protective Services is launching a campaign this weekend, ‘If you can't see them, you can't save them’.
Summer is one of the deadliest times for drowning.
"We have drowning all year long unfortunately, but the summer months are really brutal for children. So, with the beginning of summer officially taking place this memorial day weekend, we know we have to be cautious," says Public Information Officer for CPS, Marleigh Meisner.
So far this year, most drowning deaths have happened in home pools and bathtubs.
"Children that were 1-4 years old drown most likely in residential pool," explains Meisner.
Sad reality, they all could have been prevented.
"On almost every instance of the drowning we have investigated, one of more parents were with the child, caring for the child when the drowning occurred," says Meisner.
Shallow water doesn't mean it’s safer, any depth is dangerous and drowning can happen in less than 5 minutes. Summer fun can turn devastating in a matter of minutes, unless parents keep in mind ‘if you can't see your child then you can't save them’.
"The best thing a parent can do is be there with the child, don't just depend on life jackets and floaties. Be there, keep your eye on you children be vigilant and never take your eyes off your child when your in the water or near the water," says Meisner.
Now, one of the safety swimming options are public pools like the Washington Pool in Midland. The pool is open on Saturday and its free to come and swim. There will be 10 life guards on duty.