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Safety Around Water



When the weather turns hot, everyone wants to be around or in the

water. Whether choice of swimming in the neighborhood pool,

splashing in a local beach or the great water parks.The water provides

many opportunities for fun days and happy memories and this is a great

way to beat the heat.

Being around water is also a big danger so be alert, since for people between the ages 5 and 24, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death. Just at the start of this 2006 summer, there was a story in the news about a 7 years old that was found at the bottom of a swimming pool in an apartment complex where was a sign that stated no minors should swim alone.

• The American Heart Association states: “No child is “drown proof”, and the ability to swim doesn’t prevent drowning. A drowning child often sinks quietly without scream for help or thrashing in the water”

• The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: “ Always have an adult closely supervising young children at any time they are around water, swimming, playing or even when they are bathing” since “most of the drowning cases of children 5 to 12 years of age are because their parents and caretakers have overestimated their swimming ability and their knowledge of water survival skills, so to keep all children safe in and near the water, even the child who knows how to swim “needs to be watched constantly.”

• From The American Red Cross “For every child that dies from drowning, three are severely affected by water submersion, and we need to remind the parents that it only takes a minute to drown and for small child, to drown as little as one inch of water is enough”.

The first water safety rule for SAFE KIDS: “Children have to be

supervised closely by an adult at all times”

Keep your child safe by following a few simple guidelines:
• Swim under adult and/or lifeguard supervision only.
• Always be arm's reach of your baby, toddler or kid in or near the pool or body of water.
• Follow all posted rules.
• Avoid use of inflatable swimming aids.
• Do not consume alcohol when swimming or while supervising children.
• Pay attention to the weather and beach conditions forecasts to take proper precautions

Adults are not safe from the risk for drowning!

Adults need to be aware of their surroundings and avoid diving or jumping unless it is confirm is deep enough for diving, the American Red Cross advises 9 feet minimum water depth.

The first safety rule for adults to take seriously is: “Never drink alcohol

before swimming or participating in any water activity”

Alcohol is involved in approximately 25-50% of adolescent and adult deaths are

associated with water-related activities. “The risk goes up as the number of beer

bottles go down”


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