Going Swimming? Follow These Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

True or False: Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old.

Sadly, it’s true.

With hot summertime weather and swimming pools beckoning, it’s time for a refresher on how to make sure children are protected when they spend time around water.

Here are some top recommendations from HealthyChildren.org, a reference from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Don’t leave kids alone in the water, and make sure a responsible adult is watching them closely. This “water watcher” should never be distracted by a smartphone or other activities, like chatting with friends or reading.
  • “Touch supervision” – staying within an arm’s length of a child in the water – is especially important for kids under the age of 5 and those who have less swimming experience.
  • Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
  • “Floaties” or those inflatable swimming aids are not rescue equipment. Don’t use them in place of approved life jackets. If you are boating, make sure kids wear properly fitted life jackets at all times.
  • Teach your child to never dive into water without getting permission from an adult who’s made sure the depth is safe.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water. It doesn’t take much water for a drowning accident.
  • Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life.

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