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Summer Water Safety Reminders

  •  Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  •  Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision
  •  Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
  •  Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
  •  Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
  •  Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  •  Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
  •  Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
  •  Don’t rely on life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.”
  •  Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
  •  Don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.
  •  Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble
  •  Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
  •  Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water
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