LOUIS VILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Swimming is a major part of summer fun, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns it can also be dangerous, even deadly, especially for young children.
A report from the CPSC finds on average 390 children younger than 15 drown in pools and spas every year. Three in four fatalities, are younger than 5.
The majority of incidents occur in backyard pools, so the American Red Cross urges everyone to think like a lifeguard.
“Many people think that the right thing to do is jump in and go after somebody. But that can put two lives in danger. So we want to make certain that any rescuer is doing the right thing and keeping themselves safe as well,” Connie Harvey of the American Red Cross said.
Here are some tips:
-- IF YOU DO SEE SOMEONE IN DISTRESS, SHOUT FOR HELP AND GET ATTENTION OF OTHERS
-- REACH OR THROW A RESCUE OR FLOTATION DEVICE
-- CALL 9-1-1 IF NECESSARY,
-- GIVE IMMEDIATE CARE, IF NEEDED.
“A very important message is that everyone needs to know CPR, so that in the event that something does happen, they'll know how to respond,” Harvey said.
In addition to making sure kids have swimming training, the CPSC advises adults get comfortable in the water too.
“If you're from a family where the adults have never learned to swim, make it a family affair. Go take swimming lessons this summer. You'll have a lot of fun learning to swim,” Inez Tenenbaum of the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
When you finally do learn to swim, do it in only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy and never leave a child unattended near water.
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