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Summer Water Saftey

Summer is finally here and that means lots of time spent around pools and other bodies of water. I mean we do live in South Texas y’all… it’s a million degrees! As excited as I am to jump in the pool I am just as nervous about my children being by the water. Even if you have read these tips before it could not hurt to refresh your memory. It could save your child’s life.

The Hard Facts

Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old. Children 1 – 4 years old are more likely to drown in a pool. Children 5 years and older are more likely to drown in natural water, such as ponds, lakes, and rivers.

Water Safety Infographic (PRNewsFoto/Safe Kids Worldwide)

Top Tips

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted.
  • Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
  • Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

Make sure kids learn how to swim and develop these five water survival skills:

  1. Step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface;
  2. Float or tread water for one minute;
  3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit;
  4. Swim 25 yards to exit the water; and
  5. Exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.

Water Safety Infographic (PRNewsFoto/Safe Kids Worldwide)

This article was originally published in the June 2017 issue of The Bingo Nugget.

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