During the Vegas hot summer days the only place to find relief is taking a dip in the pool. Most people like to spend as much time as they can relaxing by the pool and enjoying the water. Young children especially love the water, they are curious and attracted to it. This makes water safety and drowning prevention one of the most important things to remember in the summer weather. Most drowning victims are 4 years old or younger. The majority of drowning deaths occur in the family pool, with 70 percent of incidents occurring between 2 and 8 p.m. The Southern Nevada Health District reported 40 submersion incidents in 2013 involving children 14 years old or younger. Of those 4 were fatal. Drowning is a quick and silent killer. In the time it takes to get a towel (10 seconds) a child could be submerged. In the time it takes to answer the phone (2 minutes) a child can lose consciousness. In the time it takes to answer the front door (4-6 minutes) a submerged child can sustain permanent brain damage or die. But drowning can be prevented!
The ABC&D’s of drowning prevention focuses on the following safety tips to prevent drownings:
A = Adult supervision refers to designating an adult who can swim to actively supervise children around water. Hire a lifeguard for pool parties and social gatherings around water.
B = Barriers refers to the installation of layers of protection between your home and your pool to ensure safety, including perimeter fences at least 60 inches high, securing and alarming doggie doors so children can’t crawl through them, and spa safety covers.
C = Classes, including swim lessons and CPR, are a must for family members.
D = Devices such as life jackets, personal flotation devices and rescue tools create a safe pool environment.
For pool parties where you know it might be too hard to supervise the pool, you can also hire a professional lifeguard through www.lifeguards2u.com
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