Families, friends and children are slathering up with the sunscreen and heading out for a day of fun in the sun. Unfortunately, these days can turn into a parent’s worst nightmare if you don’t take the proper safety precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that from 2005-2014 there were nearly 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings – that’s nearly 10 drowning deaths a day over the same time period.
Before you head to the pool, take these precautions:
- Take CPR. Sign up for a CPR class.
- Talk about water safety. Discuss what the rules are for water with your children before every trip to the pool. That includes no running, jumping or pushing in or around water, and always staying with mom or dad in the pool.
- Sign up for swim lessons. Children (and adults) should know how to get themselves to the edge of the pool, pull themselves out of the water and roll over to float on their back.
While you’re at the pool always remember to have a water watcher. Most drownings happen in pools filled with adults. Make sure every adult knows who is watching each child to ensure everyone stays safe during water playtime in and around the pool.
Get ready for summer swim season. Sign up for a CPR class with Adventist HealthCare.
Each Wednesday at 7:40 am, Jerry & Blanca speak with local health professional, Rose Melendez, who offers helpful tips for your health and well-being, brought to you by our friends at Adventist HealthCare.