By Dawn Johnson
With summer just around the corner and more people heading to the water, it’s important to start thinking about safety.
drowning is the second most common cause of accidental death among
children, according to the Center for Disease Control. And most
drownings happen this time of year. When the outdoor temperatures climb,
even the most novice swimmers can be tempted to take a cool dip in a
lake, river or swimming pool. It’s important for teens and young adults
to know their limits and never swim alone. Parents of young children
need to be extra vigilant around water. Never
let them out of your sight! It only takes a few seconds for a child to
drown. Drowning victims can rarely call for help as they struggle.
Here are some more tips to help keep your children safe around water:
swimming lessons once your child reaches the age of 4 – typically the
earliest age when they are likely to practice and retain information •Use fences and other barriers to keep kids away from pools when you’re not around •Teach kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains •Don’t let kids dive into water that is less than 9 feet deep •Use life jackets when in or near open bodies of water •Actively watch children when they are swimming. Don’t leave, not even for a minute
•Teach kids to never swim alone
on Jun. 16, 2011 at 11:11 PM