Experts Give Important Water Safety Tips

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Parents in Thomasville say their 'peepers are peeled' when it comes to keeping their kids safe in the water.

Says father of two Brian Morrison, "A child can go anywhere as quick as possible -- they can be out of your sight in a heartbeat if you don't keep an eye on them at all times."

With summer quickly approaching, the Center for Disease Control wants parents and caretakers to be on the alert around water.

According to the CDC, about ten people die everyday from drowning in the U.S. -- on average two of these are children under the age of 14.

The American Red Cross says some basic actions can help save a young life, including:
- Putting up a four-wall fence with a self-latching gate around pools
- Teaching young children to swim
- Always having an adult supervise water play.

Thomasville father Ben Watson says, "I have three kids -- eight, six, and four -- and I just make sure they don't go underwater, and make sure they play safely."

Morrison says his infant daughter Kamryn makes him and his wife especially cautious.

Explains Morrison, "Whenever we're in the water with [Kamryn], she does have a float and we keep her in the float at all times -- and I've always got my hands on her and my eyes on her to keep her safe."

The CDC says keeping safety in mind can help families look forward to many more summers together.

The Center for Disease Control says participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children between the ages of one and four.

Many local community centers offer affordable swimming lessons for infants up to adults.

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