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7 tips for safe swimming

Pool-Safety Tips for Protecting Children

  • When there are several adults present, ask one adult to be a designated "water watcher" so someone is always watching the children. Take turns being the water watcher.

  • Children drown in seconds. Actively supervise your children around water and keep a phone nearby to call for help.

  • Never leave a child alone in or near a body of water, even if it's only a few inches deep. Be wary of pools, but also bathtubs, toilets and buckets of water.

  • Pool owners should have pool fences and a self-closing, self-latching gate.

  • Hot tubs should be covered and locked.

  • Take a CPR class. Drowning victims need CPR before paramedics arrive.

  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons or, for children younger than 4, consider a water-survival class, which teaches children to roll over on their backs and float if they fall into a pool. See a children's water-survival class in progress.

SOURCE: SafeKids.org

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