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Wednesday, 06 July 2022 18:44

Summer Water Safety for Everyone

Tips for people of all ages to stay safe in and around water

As the summer season heats up, one of the first things we think about is cooling off in the water. Water is refreshing and fun, but it’s essential to know how to stay safe in and around water to prevent accidental drownings.

Drowning is swift and silent — there may be little splashing or cries for help. It can take as few as 20 seconds to sink below the water and only minutes to drown whether around a pond, lake, river, ocean, or pool. Learn how you can keep your family, especially children, safe and prevent drownings with these water safety tips from Mass.gov.

Learn to swim and be prepared for an emergency

  • Learn how to swim. If you can’t swim or aren’t a strong swimmer, keep to shallow areas or use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Swim with a buddy and never alone, even if you’re a strong swimmer.
  • Learn CPR. The American Red Cross offers a wide selection of CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, swimming and water safety, caregiving, disaster response, and emergency preparedness training. Find information on CPR classes.
  • Keep a cellphone nearby and know where you are in case you need to call for help.
Published in Water Safety
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 16:37

Prevent Accidental Pool Drownings

Drowning is the Leading Cause of Unintentional Death in Children Under the Age of 5

This past June, life changed tragically for former Olympic alpine skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck Miller. Their 19 month-old daughter, Emmy, drowned as a result of an accident in a neighbor’s pool.

The parents talked openly about the accident during an interview on the “Today” show this week. “I can attest from first-hand experience that it’s unbelievable quick and it’s unbelievable sneaky,” Bode said. He added, “You’d think it’d be, like some weird circumstance or some strange thing. And it’s not. It just happens in the blink of an eye.” The still grieving Millers discussed their commitment to increasing awareness about drowning, which is one of the most common deaths among young children. Bode and Morgan believe it’s their obligation to help prevent this from happening to others parents. “It’s one of those things where, as a parent now,” Morgan said, “when you go to someone else’s house, survey the home to see if it’s a safe place for your child to be.”

 

Drowing Facts

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released its annual report finding that there was no significant increase in the number of reported fatal drownings in swimming pools involving children younger than five since the 2017 report. While this is good news, children under the age of five are still the most vulnerable to accidental drownings. Furthermore, the reported numbers do not include deaths related to pool accidents.

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