With summer starting and the heat rising, taking a dip in the pool or spending a day at the beach is an attractive option, but safety should always comes first. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of five and can happen in less than two inches of water. Remember these six essential safety tips to help keep summer fun this year and prevent drowning accidents:
-Keep pools gated and locked with a fence that is at least 4 feet high.-Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when out on boats. Children should also wear a life jacket when swimming in any body of water.
-Always supervise children in the water at all times. Children can drown within seconds, not minutes and there is typically no indicator that it is happening.
-Learn how to swim. Swimming is a huge benefit to both adults and children as it helps to reduce the risk of drowning.
-Avoid alcohol if you are boating, swimming or supervising children in the water.
-Learn CPR. CPR can save lives if given quickly after a water accident.
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