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    These water safety tips can save lives

    en-usJune 03, 2024

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    • Drowning Prevention, Insecurities OvercomingGrowing older can help us overcome insecurities, but drowning is a quick and quiet danger claiming lives of children in mere seconds. Parents must ensure constant supervision to prevent drowning, as it's the leading cause of death for children aged one to four and the second leading cause for those aged five to 14.

      Growing older can help us overcome our insecurities, as musician and producer Jack Antonoff shared on the Wild Card podcast. Meanwhile, in a sobering reminder, water safety expert Shazik Sonota emphasized the importance of being vigilant around water, especially when it comes to children. Drowning is a quick and quiet danger that can claim lives in mere seconds, even with adults present. It's the number one cause of death for children aged one to four and the second leading cause for those aged five to 14. Shazik, who tragically lost her son Yori in a backyard pool, urged parents to be aware of this hidden epidemic and the importance of constant supervision. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that it can take as little as 20 seconds for a child to drown. Despite these statistics, many people don't discuss drowning openly due to feelings of shame. By raising awareness and taking proactive measures, we can help prevent such tragedies.

    • Water safety for childrenChildren should begin swim lessons as early as one year old for water safety, and constant supervision and necessary safety equipment are essential around pools.

      Water safety is crucial for children, and it's never too early to start learning. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, children should begin swim lessons as early as one year old. Shazik shared practical steps to ensure safety around pools, emphasizing the importance of constant supervision and having necessary safety equipment. Meanwhile, NPR offers a variety of podcasts for those seeking deeper understanding of various topics, from documentaries and pop culture to personal stories. For instance, Embedded NPR's original documentary series provides a three-hour exploration of stories, while Pop Culture Happy Hour delves into the romance, clothes, and nudity of shows like Bridgton. Lastly, Rickwood in Birmingham, Alabama, serves as a reminder of the struggle for freedom in baseball's oldest pro-ball park.

    • Water safety conversationsStart water safety conversations early and make them routine, ideally before a child can walk, and continue throughout their childhood to prevent accidents.

      Water safety conversations should start early and be as routine as seatbelt safety or looking both ways before crossing the street. By the time a child is one year old, they can begin to learn about water safety in a parent-child class. As children become mobile, around the age they can walk, it's crucial to start having regular conversations about water safety, including not swimming alone, asking for permission before getting in the water, and looking for lifeguards. Ideally, children should start swim lessons around this age, but the conversations should begin as soon as they can walk. Making water safety a regular part of the conversation can help instill a healthy respect for water and prevent accidents.

    • Pool safety measuresInstalling a four-sided fence around pools, securing hot tub covers, and emptying kiddie pools when not in use are essential environmental changes for pool safety. Conversations with both children and adults about safety measures and monitoring situations are necessary when visiting others' homes.

      As a responsible adult, ensuring the safety of children around pools and hot tubs goes beyond just setting rules and telling them what to do. It requires making environmental changes and being proactive. A critical step is installing a four-sided fence around pools and securing covers for hot tubs when not in use. Even small containers of water, like kiddie pools, should be emptied and secured. When visiting others' homes with pools or hot tubs, have conversations with both children and adults about safety measures and take responsibility for monitoring the situation. Remember, the goal is not just to protect your own children, but the entire community.

    • Water safety equipmentProper safety equipment like Coast Guard approved life jackets increase chances of survival in water emergencies, while toys like water wings are not reliable substitutes.

      Water safety is crucial for families with young children. A key aspect of this is ensuring that proper safety equipment, such as Coast Guard approved life jackets, are used. Life jackets increase the chances of survival in case of an emergency by keeping the wearer afloat. It's important to note that toys like water wings are not a reliable substitute and can easily slip off. When shopping for life jackets, look for the US Coast Guard approval label to ensure safety. Additionally, communication and vigilance are essential, especially when young children are around pools or open water. Always make sure to have eyes on them and establish a "no" rule before going near the water.

    • Properly fitting life jackets for kidsEnsure kids wear properly fitting life jackets, not covering their ears, for safety in open water. Constant supervision is essential as no preventative method is foolproof.

      Ensuring children wear properly fitting life jackets when they are in or around open water is crucial for their safety. Life jackets should not go over their ears to allow them to breathe freely. Kids should wear life jackets if they're not strong swimmers, and it's essential to remember that no preventative method is 100% effective. Therefore, keeping a constant eye on children in the water is the best way to prevent drowning incidents. At events like backyard pool parties, designating a water watcher and ensuring they are fully focused on the water at all times is essential. Remember, the goal is to never let your attention wander, as drowning can happen quickly and silently.

    • Pool Safety - Water WatcherDesignating a sober, focused adult as a water watcher and having them equipped with CPR skills is essential for pool safety. Regularly updating CPR skills is crucial to ensure effectiveness.

      Designating a responsible adult to solely focus on watching children in or near a pool is crucial for safety. This person should ideally be sober and have all their senses to quickly respond to any emergencies. Additionally, taking a CPR class is highly recommended for adults to effectively respond in case of an accident. The concept of water watchers can be reinforced through tools like water watcher badges and apps to ensure constant supervision. The time it takes to read and answer a text message is the same amount of time it takes for a child to drown, highlighting the importance of undivided attention. Regularly updating CPR skills is essential to ensure effectiveness in saving lives.

    • Water safetyStay vigilant around water as drowning can be quiet and silent, and always prioritize safety by refreshing swimming skills and being aware of the differences between pool and open water swimming.

      Water safety is essential, especially when swimming in open water or after a long break. Shazik Sonota, the founder of No More Under, emphasizes the importance of refreshing swimming skills and being aware of the differences between swimming in a pool and open water. Drowning is often quiet and can look like play, so it's crucial to stay vigilant. If you witness someone drowning in a pool without a trained lifeguard, call 911 first and then try to get them out of the pool from the edge to avoid being pulled under. Remember, drowning can happen quickly and silently, so always prioritize safety when around water.

    • Water safetyDesignate a water watcher, prioritize swim lessons, install barriers, use life jackets, and call 911 in case of emergency to prevent drowning incidents

      Drowning can be swift and silent, and it's crucial to prioritize water safety. Designate a water watcher to supervise children in pools, rotate this role regularly, and ensure they receive swim lessons from a young age. Install barriers, covers, and alarms around pools and other water sources, both indoors and outdoors. Wear life jackets in open bodies of water, and consider using them in pools for weaker swimmers. If you notice someone potentially drowning, call 911 and avoid entering the water yourself. Instead, use a pole or other object to reach them from the safety of the land. Remember, constant vigilance and education are key to preventing drowning incidents.

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