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BE Water SAFE this Summer

Every day, ten people die from drowning accidents (two of which are children aged 14 or younger.) Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. This is troubling, to say the least. After all; swimming is a popular summer activity. To BE SAFE this summer, follow these safety tips whenever you are in, on or around water—

Around a pool or hot tub

  • Make water safety a priority.
  • Swim only in designated areas which are supervised by lifeguards.
  • Don’t swim alone.
  • Make sure that everyone in your family knows how to swim. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Set limits based on each person’s ability to swim.
  • Do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
  • Maintain Constant Supervision
  • Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • Remove water from tubs and buckets after use. Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside-down and out of children’s reach.

Close Lids and Doors

  • Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.

Around natural bodies of water

  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water such as ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards are dangerous.
  • If the weather is poor, swim another day.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

  1. Enroll in a Red Cross, water safety, and First Aid and/or CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
  2. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count.
  3. Call 911.
  4. Keep appropriate equipment on hand, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

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