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poolsafely-slider-notextSummer is a time to enjoy the sunshine but it’s also a time to protect children from harm with it comes to water and pool safety!  I know you can’t wait to take your child to the beach or pool to cool off on a hot day!  Be mindful that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children.

Drowning in real life is very different than how it is portrayed on TV. Drowning is swift and silent. A child will lose consciousness almost immediately. If a child is missing, check the water first. Home swimming pools are the most common place for a child younger than age 5 to drown, so remember to always watch children in or near water, especially those who don’t know how to swim. If you have a pool, make sure there is a 4-foot fence around it, and teach children to never swim alone.

Let’s make sure your child is safe while enjoying their time at the beach or pool by following the tips below:

  • Focus on watching your child by disconnecting from your electronic device such as a cell phone, kindle, Facebook, computer, or other devices
  • Avoid reading your book or talking to friends
  • Ensure children who can’t swim well or can’t swim at all should be within your reach and wear life jackets
  • Learn how to swim – both children and adults should know how to swim.
  • Learn adult and infant CPR

Children should be watched whenever they are in or near water. Inflatable flotation devices like floaties should not be substituted for life jackets because they are just swimming aids and can create a false sense of security. Life jackets should not be used in replacement of adult supervision.

To learn more, visit water safety, red cross, and national water safety.

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