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The ABCD’s of water safety

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Jun 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-25 13:25:45-04

Las Vegas, NV – Summer is finally here and that means one thing: lots of swimming.

Before diving in, AlertID has offered the ABCD’s of water safety to parents to help keep their children safe while at the pool.

Adult Supervision

  • From the first time kids learn to swim, teach them to never go near or in the water without an adult present.
  • Enroll the child in swimming lessons as soon as they are ready.
  • Give children undivided attention near pools.
  • When there is more than one adult present and children are swimming, designate one adult as the swim watcher for 15 minutes (and then switch) so someone is always keeping an eye on them.
  • Teach older kids to swim with a buddy so they can help each other if they get into trouble.

Barriers

  • Perimeter fences, self-closing and self-latching gates, as well as pool and motion sensor alarms can act as an added layer of protection in case a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.

Classes in swimming and CPR

  • CPR saves lives and can prevent brain damage by maintaining a person’s breathing and heartbeat until medical assistance arrives. Learn CPR and have older children learn this valuable skill.

Devices

  • Don’t rely only on swim aids (floaties and inflatable toys) to protect a child unless they’re in a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Have lifesaving devices and life jackets available at the pool for children or anyone who doesn’t know how to swim.

It is important for parents to review these tips and act upon them because it is possible for children to drown in as little as an inch of water.

– Brittney Banks