No one expects it to happen on a sunny Saturday during a family bar-b-q or gathering. However, this time of year is when Arizona sees a tragic increase in backyard drownings and near drownings.Drowning has quickly become the single largest killer of children between the ages of 1 and 4, in the U.S. Worst of all drowning is preventable. The following are a few reminders that just might save a life.
Childproofing your pool
- Have a pool fence or exterior doors leading to the pool with childproof, self-latching locks.
- A fence tall enough to keep children out.
- Items around the fence that can be used to climb on and over are removed.
- Make sure Children can't crawl under or squeeze through any part of the fence.
- A pool gate that closes and locks on its own.
Too many children who are "being watched" silently drown. Here are some keys to good supervision of children around water.
- Put and adult over 18 in charge of watching the children around water.
- Stay within arm's reach of young swimmers at all times.
- Make sure the person supervising knows CPR
- Limit the time any one person must supervise
- Avoid distraction while supervising. No Cell phones, limited socializing
- Limit alcohol consumption while supervising the water
- If everyone goes to eat. Close the pool, everyone out, lock the gate.
- Remember Grandparents, babysitters, neighbors, relatives, or friends caring for a child may not be aware of water safety- REMIND THEM!
- Have new swimmers wear a life jacket
- Teach children to swim
- Even toddlers can learn water survival
- Limit the amount of horseplay around young swimmers
- Never leave young swimmers in the care of other young swimmers
- Never leave toys in and around the pool. Toys are not life preservers
- If a young child is missing check the pool first.
- Get certified in basic first aid and CPR
- At least learn basic CPR
- Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpEvQuOWME0 American Heart Association's 2 steps to save a life
- Learning CPR could be the single most important thing you do. Have the entire family (14 and over) learn what to do in an emergency and how to perform CPR.
- Timely discovery and immediate application of CPR can dramatically increase a child's chance of survival. Many resources are available on-line and in person to learn proper CPR.
Hidden Water Dangers
- Bathtubs, hot tubs, toilets, buckets of water
- Ponds, water retention areas, large fountains
- Creeks, streams, rivers, lakes
Child drownings can be devastating for a family and for first responders. Worst of all is that they are preventable. Watch kids around water. #BEH2OWISE
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