Every parent must know The 10 Commandments of Water Safety. Why? Because drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for kids 0-14. So let’s prepare ourselves.
Water Safety Commandments
1. Expose your child to swimming as early as possible. Teach your little one basic swimming skills such as submersion, back floating, kicking, reaching, and breath control.
2. Every parent should know the basics of life-saving and also how to perform CPR.
3. Wherever you’re swimming, make sure to have a charged phone, a first aid kit, and sunscreen.
4. No one – not children, not adults – should ever swim alone. And do not entrust children to look after one another. Children must always be supervised by an adult giving diligent attention to their activity. If you lose sight of your child, check the water first because seconds count to prevent disability or death.
5. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water. And do not leave toys out at your home pool because they can tempt little children to go after them.
6. Be especially cautious around natural bodies of water (oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds) where there are added issues of visibility through water, currents, underwater objects, and cold temperatures. Everyone in a boat must wear a life jacket because most boating deaths are caused by drowning.
7. Never allow your child to run on wet pool decks. A cracked head is no joke.
8. Do not rely on water wings as a safety device because they can slide right off in water. Use approved life-saving vests.
9. Know what to look for in a potential drowning victim – primarily that they don’t look like they’re in distress. A drowning person physically cannot yell or wave their arms for attention. They will stare blankly, unable to focus their eyes. They use their arms to push themselves up in the water and stop kicking with their legs. Furthermore, young children will simply hold their breath and let themselves sink.
10. Understand the danger is not completely over when a potential drowning victim is out of the water and breathing. Dry drowning (spasm of the vocal cords that cuts off the airway) and secondary drowning (build up of water from the body in the lungs) are rare events. However, it’s important to monitor a near-drowning victim for these up to 24 hours after the incident.Ensure your child has a safe and happy summer swimming season. Click To Tweet
Parents, know and act on these 10 Commandments Of Water Safety to ensure your child has a safe and happy summer swimming season.