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April 10, 2013

APRIL POOLS: Keeping summer activities safe

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• Buckets.

• Diaper pails.

• Toilets.

• Ice chests with melted ice.

• Hot tubs, spas and whirlpools.

• Ditches and post holes.

• Wells.

• Ponds and fountains.

Small children can drown when they lean forward to look into a bucket or open the toilet. Because the head is the heaviest part of a small child, it is easy for him or her to fall over into a container. Containers filled with liquid often weigh more than the small child and will not tip over when the child falls in.

Swimming pool safety

More than half of childhood drownings occur in swimming pools, either at the child’s home or at a friend’s, neighbor’s or relative’s house. Pools are especially hazardous if:

• Children swim unsupervised.

• The pool is not properly fenced in.

• There is no telephone with emergency numbers nearby.

• There is no rescue equipment near the pool.

• Parents rely on personal flotation devices (PFDs) to keep their child safe.

Boating safety

When boating, sailing, and canoeing, children of all ages should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs), such as life jackets. In fact, many states require the use of PFDs on all boats at all times. It is estimated that in 90 percent of boating-related drownings victims were not wearing PFDs.

If children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, it benefits parents to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which, in case of an emergency, can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival. CPR training is available through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, Weatherford Regional Medical Center and your fire department.

Diving warning

Diving accidents can result in permanent spinal cord injuries, brain damage, and/or death. Diving accidents occur when a person:

• Dives into shallow water.

• Dives into above-ground pools, which are usually shallow.

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