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Stay Safe In and Out of the Water

 

http://www.nsc.org/NSC%20Images_Advocacy/Safety%20at%20Home/WaterSafety2.jpgWhether you live in a climate that's warm year-round or you mainly enjoy outdoor activities during the summer, swimming and water are likely to be a big part of family fun. But the importance of safety cannot be overstated.

Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 2. It's the second leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 6, but people of any age can be at risk. In 2013, 3,391 people over all age groups drowned. 

Tips For Children:

  • Always watch your child while he or she is bathing, swimming or around water
  • Gather everything needed (towel, bath toys, sunscreen) before the child enters the water; if you must leave the area, take the child with you
  • Empty all buckets, bathtubs and kiddie pools of water immediately after use and store them upside down and out of your child's reach
  • Do not allow your child to play or swim in canals or streams
  • Install a 5-foot-tall fence with self-closing gate latches around your pool or hot tub
  • Consider installing door alarms to alert adults when a child has unexpectedly opened a door leading to a pool or hot tub
  • Keep a phone and life preserver near the pool or hot tub in case of emergency
  • Use snug-fitting life jackets instead of floaties, but remember that a child can still drown with a lifejacket on if not carefully watched
  • Become certified in first aid and CPR
  • Find age-appropriate swim lessons for your child, but keep in mind that lessons do not make your child "drown-proof"

Tips For Adults:

  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Never swim if you have been drinking alcohol or have taken certain medications
  • Learn how to swim; find swimming lessons at the local YMCA or park district
  • When boating, wear a life jacket
  • Learn First Aid and CPR
  • Swim in designated areas with lifeguards

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