Prevent Drownings This Summer

By: Ashley Mitchem Email
By: Ashley Mitchem Email

It's that time of year when kids want to go swimming to beat the heat.
Before you let them jump in there are a few things you should know to keep your child safe.

The CDC says children ages 1-4 account for the majority of drownings.
They also say drowning is the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries in that age group.

Kiddie pools may not appear to be dangerous but children can drown in water as shallow as 2 inches.

The CDC says the buddy system can help as well---
Have your child swim with a buddy and also try to select swimming sites that have a lifeguard on duty.
The CDC also says formal swimming lessons are a great way to protect your kids.

Besides teaching your children pool safety, rescue officials say knowing CPR is a life saving skill that you should have just in case there is an accident.

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  • by OneMoreThing on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    This is some really good information. With portable pools being cheap and easy to assemble, many are opting for this but are not educated in pool safety. To every parent who has this type of pool and small children, please make sure you have a precautionary system in place. Sorry for some of those big words, just make sure your kids CAN NOT access the pool without the assistance of an ADULT.
  • by WillW Location: T-Town on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    I was 8 years old at a public pool with family friends and saw a baby floating in swallow end of pool, I quickly swam over and grabbed child and found out it was my 2 year old brother. The "adults" were not watching him and neither was lifeguards on duty. He survived. I believe all children should be taught to swim as early as possible. I took both my 2 daughters to YMCA as well as my own instruction, both could pass city swim test by age 6.
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