From Florida Hospital - Apopka
Because drowning is the leading cause of death from injury for toddlers in Florida, Stacey McConkey, MD, pediatrician, offers the following tips to prevent water tragedies:
1. Always supervise children in and around water.
2. Install four-sided, five-foot- high fencing with a self-closing, self-latching gate around pools and spas to prevent direct access from the house.
3. Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD) when on a boat.
4. Never leave a young child alone or with a sibling in the bathtub, not even to answer the phone or to get a towel. If you must leave, take the child with you.
5. Although they can’t “drown-proof” a child, swimming lessons are a must.
6. Never swim in unguarded areas, such as canals or ponds.
7. Learn CPR and know how to reach your Emergency Medical Service; keep a phone outside near pools and have emergency numbers posted.
Children should follow 4 rules for swimming:
“Swimming pools are where most submersion injuries occur, but small children can drown in less than an inch of water – in a matter of seconds – making even ‘kiddy pools,’ bathtubs, buckets and toilets potential hazards,” says Dr. McConkey. “By simply taking a few simple safety precautions, parents can significantly reduce their child’s chance of drowning.”
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