Keep Young Swimmers Safe This Summer
Swimming pools are a quick way to cool down in the summer heat. But they can be dangerous—especially for children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning the second-most common cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 14.
To keep your child safe, follow these tips:
Never leave your child in or near a pool without an adult watching. Infants and toddlers should be in arm’s length of an adult when they are in or near the water.
Adults on duty must not be distracted by reading or talking on a phone.
Remove toys from the pool after everyone gets out. That way, children will not be tempted to reach for them.
Do not use toys like water wings or noodles in place of life jackets. They are not designed to keep your child safe.
Learn CPR. It could help you rescue a drowning child, if necessary.
If you have a pool, fence it in. Use a fence that is at least 4-feet high. Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching—and higher than your child’s reach. Keep gates closed at all times.
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