Water Safety Message Reading This Could Save a Life!
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5 in the state of California, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14. Education and vigilance with your children around water cannot be stressed enough. The Swim for Life Foundation has developed a Safer 3 message which has been adopted by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. The Safer 3 includes:
Safer Water – Put upper locks on doors leading to pools or other bodies of water in your yard. Put fences around pools. Put covers on spas. Put pool alarms that sound when the surface water tension has been broken.
Safer Kids – Educate children to never go in or around water without an adult supervisor. Teach them how to help or rescue another who may be struggling in the water without entering the water or putting themselves in danger. Teach them how to call 9-1-1. Teach your children how to swim, and how to float on their backs with their clothes on. Always have a designated water watcher while around any body of water with children. Even excellent young swimmers require supervision.
Safer Response – Learn CPR, so that if you ever do have to rescue your child from the bottom of the pool, precious minutes are not lost while waiting for an ambulance or other emergency responders.
For more information about this event, swimming lessons or water safety, plus a free 25-minute private swim lesson with no obligation, please contact Academy Swim Club at 661/702-8585, or visit www.Swim4Life.com.
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