How to keep kids safe around water this summer

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In Utah, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under age 14. This statistic is startling seeing as most drownings can be prevented. 

Jessica Strong from Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital joined us to share what adults can do to keep children safe in and around water. 

She said it is good to start kids out young for swim lessons because it teaches them to be more competent in the water. However, having your child be a good swimmer is no replacement for being cautious around water.

Summertime is filled with days at the pool, lake and even the beach. Here are some tips to be made aware of to ensure safety when having fun this summer:

  • Be sure adults are present and actively watching children when they swim. 
    • Take turns with other adults so there is always a dedicated water-watcher. 
  • Water wings are not sufficient floatation devices, as they can deflate or fall off.
    • Life jackets are recommended. 
  • Teach children to stay away from water while hiking or camping.
    • With a lot of precipitation and snow runoff, rivers are fast, full, and cold, making them deadly. 
  • If a child falls in, call 911. Don’t jump in after them. 
  • Young children are top-heavy. Swimming pools, bathtubs, and containers with even a little water can result in a toddler falling in head first and possibly unable to get out of the water by themselves. 
    • When not in use, kiddie pools and other containers should be drained and turned upside-down to prevent injury.
    • If you have a pool, keep a locked gate around it at all times. 
  • If a child is missing, always check nearby water first. 
  • Learn CPR. 

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