Temperatures across the country have been rising. In some places it’s record breaking and literally unbearable. When the heat is on, there are few things more refreshing than a swim. However, no matter where you are swimming, in the ocean, lake, river, swimming pool or wading pool in the back yard, safety should always come first.
Drowning is the leading cause of death nationwide for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Every year there is tragic stories related to child casualties in the water. Why not take some simple precautions to avoid such unthinkable loss?
There are three keys to protecting kids around water:
Active adult supervision
• Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
• Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.
Guarding the water
• Place barrier fencing at least four feet high around pools, with self-closing and self-latching gates.
• When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach. Remove Water From Tubs and Buckets After Use. These types of pools can pose a drowning risk.
CPR – knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation
• Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind, and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.