Wellness Tip for August 2016

Prevent drownings this summer

Unintentional drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1-14.

Tips to help stay safe in the water:

  • Supervise when in or around water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water.
  • Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision” – be close enough to reach the child at all times.
  • Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
  • Use the Buddy System. Always swim with a buddy.
  • Select swimming sites that have lifeguards when possible.
  • Learn to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the time it takes for paramedics to arrive, bystander’s CPR skills could save someone’s life.
  • Air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices. Don’t use air-filled or foam toys such as “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner-tubes instead of life jackets. These toys are not life jackets and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous.