Tips for a Healthy Summer II – Water Safety

June 5, 2012

Continuing our week-long series on tips for a healthy summer, today we turn our attention to water safety.  We’re lucky to live in the Rochester area, which–between Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and all of the smaller lakes, ponds and backyard pools–has tons of places to cool off during the summer heat.  But, an afternoon at the beach, lake or pool and quickly turn dangerous if you’re not careful.

The Scary Statistics

  • Each day, two children in the U.S. die from accidental drowning.
  • Children ages 1 – 4 are most at risk; drowning claims more lives each year in this age group than almost any other cause.

(courtesy of the CDC’s website)

What You Can Do

So what can you do to keep your family safe while swimming this summer? Make water safety a top priority. In addition to these great tips from the CDC, here are a few other things to remember:

  1. All permanent pools must be fenced in.
  2. Never — I repeat, NEVER — leave your children unattended near the water — no matter how old they are!
  3. Water wings/floaties are not a substitute for a lifejacket when in the water or in a boat.
  4. Lifeguarding makes a great summer job for your teenager.  Sign him or her up for local classes, which are frequently offered through schools or the YMCA.

 

Up tomorrow: Bug bites, bee stings and rashes–oh my!

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