Archive for July, 2014
The school year is over, summer camp is in full swing, and the kids are exchanging sneakers for flip fops and backpacks for beach towels. Parents are hauling coolers brimming with drinks and fresh fruit, eager to enjoy a scintillating summer day. As you prepare for the perfect beach or pool day, however, please remember the A, B, C’s of preventing drowning.
While drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the USA among children under 14 and the leading cause of accidental death for children age 5 and under, according to the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, it is extremely PREVENTABLE.
Of all preschoolers who have drowned, 70 percent were in the care of one or both parents and 75 percent were missing from sight for five minutes or less (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control). In short, it can happen to ANYBODY.
How Do We Prevent Drowning
1.D is for Direct Supervision-Watch your little one at all times. If you are not watching the children yourself, please assign a water watcher (a sober adult) during parties and social events. Parental supervision is the single most important form of prevention.
2. D is for Deterrence- The use of protective barriers like properly installed pool fences, door alarms, secure sliding doors or any other doors that lead to a body of water can also help prevent tragedy.
3. D is for Don’t Dive Deep until you learn Swim in Shallow- Swimming instruction can start from 6 months and up. All adults caring for children should know how to swim and should also know Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Enquire in your area for free swimming and CPR lessons, which are often offered by organizations like your local YMCA or hospital.