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Stay safe in the water this summer

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Drowning ranks 5th among leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For children ages 1-4, drowning is the 2nd leading cause of injury-related death behind motor vehicle accidents.

Roberta Davis, Kohl's Injury Prevention Education Coordinator with the Children's Hospital of Michigan, has the following water safety tips:

 Water Safety Basics

  • Never swim alone: Use the buddy system at all times
  • Never dive head first into cloudy or murky water
  • Never leave infants/toddlers unattended in or near water: stay within an arms length
  • Actively supervise children in and around water, giving them your undivided attention
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol

 Main Factors Leading to Drowning

  • Lack of swimming ability
  • Unsupervised water access
  • Lack of close supervision while swimming
  • Failure to wear life jackets (Personal Flotation Device)
  • Alcohol use

 How to Prevent Drowning

  • Swimming lessons are very important as this lack of swimming ability is one of the main factors leading to drowning
  • Put a barrier (lock/fence) to swimming areas
  • Make sure pool drains have the appropriate cover
  • Remove all toys from and around a swimming area
  • Do not go into areas that say no swimming
  • Swim where a lifeguard is present but do not depend on a lifeguard to watch your children- they have an entire area to patrol
  • Do not drink alcohol while swimming/boating or in charge of children who are swimming/boating
  • Kiddy pools need adult supervision
  • Wear a personal flotation device (life jacket)
  • Always remember to wear sunscreen and apply liberally and often so as not to burn in the sun.
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