Kids play on the inflatable obstacle course at Warner Park Pool. In addition to the course, a new water slide is making its debut at the pool this summer.
Staying Safe According to poolsafely.gov, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 and most drowning occurs when there is a lapse in adult supervision. Consider the following tips provided by redcross.org and other sources to help keep your family safe this summer: ■ Actively supervise children whenever around water – even if there are lifeguards present. If there are not, consider designating one within your group. Do not trust a child’s life to another child.
of toys — a surprisingly common cause of water-related accidents, especially in swimming pools, is using toys and flotation devices that are not suitable for the conditions. These items can flip over and trap people upside down under the water. Furthermore, pool floats and rafts should not be used in place of personal flotation devices, which are designed and certified for use in life-saving situations.
■ If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. ■ Keep a cellphone close in case the need arises to call 911. ■ Consider enrolling in a CPR, water safety or first aid course offered by the Red Cross and other organizations.
■ Stay within an arm’s reach of young children; never leave children unattended around water.
■ Outfit young children or inexperienced swimmers with ■ Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets but do not rely on you receive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. those alone. ■ Wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
■ Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
■ Teach children to always ask permission before entering water.
■ Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine in them.
■ Limit the number of pool floats in the water so that visibility of the lifeguard will not be impaired. Also, beware
■ Make sure everyone in the family learns to swim well. Consider taking swim lessons before going out this summer.
■ Don’t let anyone chew gum or eat in the water. It can lead to choking.
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