The color of children’s swimwear could save their lives, study finds


According to a study, the color of your child’s swimsuit can play an important role in preventing drowning incidents.

When most parents buy their child’s swimsuit, they usually choose the child’s favorite color, cartoon character, or style and comfort. But a recent study by ALIVE Solutions Inc.a company specializing in water safety, reports that the color of the child’s swimsuit could make a difference in saving his life.

The company tested the colors of the swimsuits to see their visibility in swimming pools and in open water.

Here are the following results:

Pool test

ALIVE Solutions Inc. recommends bright, contrasting colors when shopping for swimwear (ALIVE Solutions Inc.)

In the pool study, the top photo in each section is the fabric underwater and the bottom photo is the fabric with surface agitation.

“Our bottom two colors are white and light blue (watch how they fade) and our top picks would be neon pink and neon orange,” ALIVE Solutions said in its post. “Although the darker colors show up on a light pool bottom, they can often be dismissed for a bunch of leaves, dirt or a shadow, so I tend to steer clear of these colors when it’s possible.”

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lake trial

In 18 inches of open water, neon yellow, green, and orange swimsuits performed best. All other colors faded quickly. (ALIVE Solutions Inc.)

In the lake test, the same colors used in the pool test were also tested in 18 inches of lake water with low visibility when partially sunny.

“We placed each color on the surface (first row images), the second row images were from the shoreline perspective and the third row was from a slightly elevated perspective – simulating a boat/dock view” , explained ALIVE Solutions.

What they found:

– Top colors were neon yellow / green / orange (always think bright and contrasting!)

– White came in fourth place, but seemed more like a reflection of light or clouds on the surface and wouldn’t stand out in a crowd…so personally it wouldn’t be on our list as a top pick .

– Neon Pink did not perform well, as it did in the white bottom pool environment.

– All other colors disappeared so quickly (and it was only 18″ of water).

The company recommends bright, contrasting colors that can help people or rescuers see the child if they go underwater.

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