In 2014, Amy and Jeff lost their outgoing, blue-eyed girl to a fatal drowning just weeks before her fifth birthday. Now they’re sharing Elliott’s story for the first time, hoping to prevent other families from feeling their tragic loss.

It only takes 1 inch of water and 30 seconds for a child to drown—and drowning is often silent. Whether kids are in the bathtub, by the pool or at the lake, parents and caregivers should always practice Arm’s Reach, Eye’s Reach around water. Keep children younger than 6 within arm’s reach and keep older kids, who can confidently swim 2 laps of the pool, within eye’s reach. Learn more:

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