PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Each year thousands of children are sent to emergency rooms for water-related injuries. East Tennessee Children's Hospital and Dollywood Splash Country are now teaming up to reduce that number.
With summer in full swing and temperatures soaring high,families are flocking to any source of water for relief, but the combination of children and water can be a deadly one without proper education.
"It's actually one of the leading killers for children four and under," said Susan Cook with Children's Hospital. "Usually it's drowning in a home pool."
On Tuesday morning, hundreds of children got to take part in swimming lessons and other demonstrations to learn about the risks water can bring. It's information many parents say is invaluable.
"It's very important just to get him out here to learn what to do be doing in difficult situations, to kind of know the water safety, if something happened, what he would need to do and what I would need to do," said parent Whittney Hickey.
The parents have just as much to learn as the children. Lifeguards at Splash Country say the biggest mistake parents make is letting their kids out of their sight.
"Most adults think that when a child drowns you'll see the flailing and things like that like you see on television and it's not like that. They actually go under really quietly," said Cook. "It's called the silent killer."
It's a killer they hope days like this will help eliminate.
More tips are available on the Children's Hospital website to help keep your kids safe at the pool this summer.