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Keep Your Child Safe In and Around Water

June 01, 2017 at 3:43 AM


Did you know that a child can drown in as little as once inch of water?  Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children nationwide ages 1-14.  Drowning can occur in a variety of places including: lakes, rivers, retention ponds, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, and even standing household buckets of water.  A child can become unconscious after 2 minutes of water submersion with possible irreversible brain damage occurring within 4-6 minutes.
How can you help protect your children from drowning? Adult supervision is the number one line of defense to help prevent child drowning deaths.  Below are simple tips that you that will help protect your child from drowning:
  • Supervise a child at all at all times who is in or near the bathtub.  If you have to leave the bathroom area, even for a minute, take  the child with you.  A child can drown in less time than it takes to answer the phone.
  • Learn  CPR and first aid.
  • Empty all buckets and wading pools; store them upside down and out of children’s  reach. 
  • Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet locks.    
  • Keep bathroom room and laundry doors closed. 
  • Properly secure home swimming pools with a four sided isolation fence at least 4 feet high equipped with a self-closing and latching  gate.
  • Consider a locked pool cover or pool alarm for extra protection, but remain vigilant about adult supervision.
  • Keep rescue equipment, telephone, and emergency numbers by the pool.
  • Children who cannot swim should wear Coast Guard approved life jackets at all times. Inflatable tubes or “water wings” WILL NOT prevent drowning.
  • NO CHILD should ever swim alone; an adult should watch them at all times. Teach  your child to swim when he is ready developmentally, but remember that knowing how to swim does not guarantee his safety.