Tuesday, July 3, 2012

10 Tips for Water Safety and Keeping Children Safe

Water safety is no joke. A child drowning is more common than we know, and that is why it is more important than ever that we stay alert and prepared when having fun involving water in pools, the ocean or the lake.  Parents and families can utilize these simple water safety tips that can help assure a fun and safe experience is had by all.
-Make sure to teach water safety tips and swimming skills as early as possible
-Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and keep your eyes on them at all times when they are in or around the water
-If you are leaving children with a babysitter, make sure they know water safety and make sure to emphasize the need for constant supervision while in and around water
-Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other types of openings that could cause a child to accidently get stuck or caught up in
-Post CPR instructions and make an effort to learn the procedures
-Keep a first-aid kit nearby
-Have a telephone close by when in or near the water. That way, if there is an emergency, you can dial 9-1-1 immediately
-Keep rescue equipment near the pool. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you could be losing life-saving seconds. Remember that four to six minutes without oxygen to the brain causes permanent damage and sometimes death.
-Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when your child goes into the pool area
-If a child is ever missing, look for them in the pool or spa first- every second counts!
With these important tips, you should be able to keep you and your family safe in and around the water. Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but safe fun is a must to keep your family happy and healthy! Cell Phone Sally urges you to be prepared and cautious around water- and don’t forget to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

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