Interview: Pool, lake, water safety

Interview: Pool, lake, water safety

Interview: Pool, lake, water safety

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's a holiday weekend which means a lot of people will head to a pool or the lake to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Whith that in mind, we want to remind you and your family to stay safe, especially when swimming.

Dr. Heather Felton with UofL pediatrics stopped by the studio Thursday to talk about water safety, click the video player above to see the complete interview.

Drowning Prevention Tips from the CDC:

Learn life-saving skills.  Everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Fence it off. Install a four–sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool.

Make life jackets a "must." Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too.

Be on the look out. When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol or drugs.

Click here for more from the CDC.

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