Summer’s Coming – Staying Safe Near Water
The leading course of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old is drowning. And it’s the third leading cause of injury-related death among children 19 and under. Last year a friend’s grandson was pulled from the bottom of his pool. As a result he is now being cared for 24//7. This subject is close to my heart strings.
Here are some tips that we hope will help you, and perhaps save a life.
- 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.
- Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
- Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. It’s also a good idea to keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
- Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.
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