The director of my child’s school emailed this to me and I think it’s great info. Every caregiver needs to be reminded of the danger water presents, because we become complacent. We have fun and aren’t worried about a thing. I have heard that you should not let kids that cannot swim be more than an arm’s length away from you in water. That’s very hard to do all the time. Especially if they want to play on a ledge and it seems as though they are safe. Forward this blog post to all the caregivers that you know and be safe this summer! If you want to purchase a home with a pool I can help you. Call 281.288.3500 for more information.
Whether at home or on vacation, it is always important to keep safety in mind when children are in or near water.
Drowning can happen at any time of year, but be especially cautious during the summer months when drowning incidents can increase up to 89% as compared to the rest of the year
When your child is swimming and there are several adults present, designate an adult as the Water Watcher to prevent gaps in supervision.
• Water Watchers should be responsible adults. You should not depend on older children to watch younger children.
• Water Watchers supervise children in and near water – without being distracted. That means no phone calls, no text messaging, no reading books or magazines, no alcohol. Your primary focus as a Water Watcher should be watching the children.
• Water Watchers are not just for the lake or pool. Children can drown in as little as 1 inch of water, in any body of water. This includes oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, puddles, kiddie pools, public and backyard pools, spas, bathtubs, toilets, buckets and the list goes on!
• Water Watchers should be prepared. If there is an emergency, do you know what to do? Learn how to swim, how to use rescue equipment and learn CPR. Keep a phone near you and use it only to call for help if there is an emergency. These skills may help you save a child’s life.
5 TRUTHS ABOUT DROWNING
The home environment has many hidden drowning hazards for children. Drowning deaths can occur not only in pools and spas, but in bathtubs, toilets and buckets. Keep these safety tips in mind to make your home safer from these hidden hazards.
o Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
o Large 5-gallon buckets are common household items and may be a potential hazard. Empty all buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside-down and out of children’s reach.
o Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks. According to the CPSC, toilets are overlooked as a source of drowning in the home – toddlers can fall headfirst into the toilet.
o Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
o Always stay within an arm’s reach of your child when he or she is in or near pools, spas, bathtubs, toilets or buckets.
o Never leave your child unattended in a tub or around any other body of water, even if he or she knows how to swim.
o Never leave your child alone or in the care of older children during bath time.
o Children in baby bath seats and rings must be watched every second.
o Learn adult and infant CPR.
DID YOU KNOW?
o One-third as many children under age 5 drown from other hazards around the home as drown in pools (CPSC).
o Two-thirds of drowning deaths in the home, not including pools, occur in bathtubs (CPSC).
o Home swimming pools are the most common place for a child younger than age 5 to drown.
You think that it could never happen to your family, but each year more than 800 children drown. These incidents are not only preventable but predictable. Here are the five truths about children who drown and what you can do to help keep your children safe around water.
Children drown quickly and silently—in a matter of seconds. Adults who were present when a child drowns were often distracted in some way, by talking on the phone, chatting with other adults around the pool, or reading.
• Actively supervise your children around water, and have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency.
• When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use a Water Watcher card to designate an adult as the Water Watcher to prevent gaps in supervision.
• Stay alert. Don’t assume someone else is watching your child.
Curious children, especially those younger than 4 years old, can easily find and fall in to bodies of water like pools, tubs and buckets. Often they are discovered too late to save.
• Never leave a child alone when in or near a body of water—even if it’s less than a few inches.
• For pool owners, make sure your pool has four-sided fencing and a self-closing, self-latching gate.
• Pools and hot tubs should be covered and locked when not in use.
• Smaller inflatable or portable pools should be emptied and put away after every use.
Drowning victims who are rescued from the water need CPR immediately—before the paramedics arrive. It can prevent brain damage and be the difference between life and death.
• Get certified. There are plenty of CPR classes available to meet busy schedules.
• Contact your local health department, hospital or visit the American Red Cross Website to find a CPR class near you.
Children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at-risk of drowning. Minority children have especially low rates of swimming ability and high rates of drowning.
• Enroll your child in a swim class. If you do not how to swim either, enroll in a parent-child learn-to-swim class.
• To find a swim class, contact your local parks and recreation department, an aquatics center or visit the YMCA Website to find a YMCA near you.
Nearly 5,000 boating accidents occur each year in open waters (lakes, rivers and oceans) and more than 700 people drown. Of those who drown, almost nine out of 10 are not wearing a life jacket. Also, alcohol use is involved in up to one in five reported boating fatalities.
• Have your child wear a life jacket every time you go boating or are on a dock.
• Avoid or moderate your alcohol consumption when boating.
• If you and your family boat frequently, consider taking a boating safety class through the U.S. Coast Guard.
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