On a hot Summer say taking a dip in the pool is a good way to cool off. Spending time at the beach or lake is not a bad idea either. But whatever choice you make be sure to keep a close eye on those swimmers because we all know that accidents can happen.
Accidents involving drownings occur more often during the Summer months. For example, the beach where someone gets caught in a current or a falls into a swimming pool thus causing injury. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every day at least ten people die from unintentional drownings, of these two are children younger than age 14.
Drownings ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury in the US. That is why it is so important to watch children while they are in the water. Here’s a few safety tips to go by.
- Swim lessons are a great way to start but not everyone can afford them, not to mention trying to fit classes into an already busy schedule.
- Never let your child go into the water alone. When I take my four-year old niece to the beach we will walk out into the water until it comes to her knees that way she can splash and play with me right there in case of any mishaps.
- Swimming pools allows for a little more control in making adjustments for height of the water, some pools offer a kiddie pool as well as the larger pool to swim in.
- When using the pool watch out for those suction and drains, children should not play around them for there is the risk of being trapped (foot getting caught while underwater). It is so important that when using public pools swim in a designated area that is supervised by a lifeguard. Private pools such as the ones in backyards should be inspected regularly to make sure all safety guidelines are followed.
It is recommended that children over four years old should learn how to swim and just because they know how it doesn’t make them waterproof, they are still at risk for drowning, supervision is necessary.
The water can be a fun time, but it can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. Young children can drown in less than two inches of water. This can happen anywhere not just the beach or pool but in a sink, toilet even a bucket of water that is sitting around the house.
It could be standing water such as a ditch that has filled with rainwater. This reminds me of an incident that happen when I was about 13 years old. There was this giant sinkhole that rain had filled with water and all the neighborhood kids were sneaking down to it during the day while parents were at work. I can remember all my friends going, even though everyone knew that under no circumstances were we to go. One day they went but an hour later they were back with a strange look on their faces. It turned out that someone had drowned. He had jumped into the water and did not know how to swim, he got caught in a current and it pulled him underneath, others tried to save him but because they were not very good swimmers they ended up nearly drowning themselves. To make a long story short, the next day me and my brothers and sisters enrolled in the summer swim program at the local high school, and by the time we got home at the end of the day we learned that sink hole was filled in.
We know that accidents can happen that’s why it so important to keep those safety precautions in mind when swimming. I’m sure you can add a few of your own to the list. So for what is left of the Summer have fun and be safe.