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Water Safety Month: 10 Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Tips

May is National Water Safety Month.  Drowning

is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533

people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are

children under the age of four who drown in backyard swimming pools. The

tragedy of these statistics is nearly all drowning deaths are preventable.
To

help educate children, parents, families and swim instructors on preventive

measures to avoid a drowning incident, US

Swim School Association
(USSSA), the preeminent swim school organization in

the country, has compiled the latest life-saving water safety and swim

instruction tips.
There are certain standard things parents should do: (a) keep their children under their supervision constantly, (b) enroll them in swimming classes, (c) know CPR Nd (d) install pool fences and barriers. In addition to

these vital steps, USSSA has created a list of tips parents can use to build

extra layers of protection for their children around water.
 Drowning

Prevention & Water Safety Tips

  • Create a verbal cue for your

    toddler or child that must be given by you before he or she can enter the

    pool.
  • Never allow your

    baby/toddler in the pool without a swim diaper.
  • Create a process the child

    must go through before entering a pool such as putting on a swim diaper, a

    swimsuit and applying sunscreen.
  • Never use flotation devices

    or water wings when swimming or when teaching kids to swim.
  • Children should learn to

    swim without goggles.  Teach your

    children to open their eyes under water; if they fall in they can find the

    side of the pool or a step and get out safely.  
  • For very young children

    practice having them put their entire face under water in the bathtub and

    blow bubbles to build their comfort with water.
  • Create a water safety plan

    for your family and have water emergency drills with your kids covering

    how to recognize the signs of someone struggling in water and what to do

    in this type of emergency.
  • Make sure your guests and

    kids’ friends know your pool rules before they go outside and get in the

    pool.
  • Start swim lessons at 6

    months of age and continue them year-round at a US Swim School member

    location.
  • Always make sure your

    children wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft and in open

    bodies of water.

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