Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among children ages 1 to 4 and it only takes a few seconds and a few inches of water for a child to drown. And for every child who dies, more than 10 others are treated in emergency departments for nearly drowning.
And even though young children are at the highest risk, every age group is affected and anyone can become a drowning victim.
Here are some pool and water safety tips to keep everyone safe this summer.
- Watch children every second they are near pools, hot tubs, beaches, lakes or any areas involving water.
- Teach children to swim as early as possible, preferably using qualified swimming instructors.
- Make sure no one swims alone. Always have someone nearby in case of an emergency.
- Install safety fences with locks around pools and unknown hot tubs.
- Young children should always have life vests or approved personal floatation devices whenever they are near water.
- Don’t push or jump on others while in the water.
- Never consume alcohol and swim.
- Never dive into unfamiliar water.
- If at the beach, public pool, swimming lake or pond, make sure a certified lifeguard is nearby.
- Avoid cliff edges, stay behind fences and obey warning signs.
- Always swim or surf in designated areas.
- Know basic CPR skills in case of an emergency.
You can also search the ACEP Foundation's YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/EmergencyCareForYou for more health and safety information.