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Be safe while making a splash in the water this summer!

Jun 23, 2017

Provider Blog written by Alicia Pointer, DO

In the summer, playing in the water can be a great way for kids to have fun and cool off. However, water is a serious danger for children. Follow these tips to keep your child safe in the water this summer.

Supervise children near water at all times. This includes children who are in or near small inflatable or toddler pools as well as larger pools. Be aware of other water hazards such as buckets used to wash the car.

Empty pools or buckets when you are done with them. Kids love to splash and are attracted to water. Remember, a young child can drown in even a few inches of water.

When children are in the water, stay within arm’s reach. Do not leave a child alone in the water even for a few seconds.

Avoid distractions when watching a child near the water. Children can drown in only a few minutes so do not talk on the phone or look at a computer. Do not drink alcohol when watching children near the water.

Teach children water safety rules: No running near the pool. No pushing near or in the water.

Large pools, including above-ground pools should be surrounded by a fence at least 4 feet high with a locked gate. Make sure children cannot open the gate or get under the fence.

Teach children not to dive into above-ground pools or the shallow end of in-ground pools. This can lead to death, brain damage or spinal cord injuries.

Keep children away from hot tubs or spas. Children can easily overheat in them.

Learn CPR so you know what to do incase of an emergency.

The following websites have more information about playing safely in the water:

https://www.healthychildren.org

https://www.safekids.org

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