WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Swim Safety

By: Christi Paul
By: Christi Paul

It's pool and beach season.

Time for fun in the sun.

But before you let your kids hit the local swimming holes, you may want to make sure they know the safety rules.

Here's Christi Paul with a few tips in today's Health Minute.

Surf's up and it's time to make a splash.

But being around water can be dangerous, so it's best to take precautions.

When near water, keep a constant eye on your child.

In many drowning incidents, the children were out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents.

For children ages 1 to 4 years old, the centers for disease control and prevention says most drowning occur in residential swimming pools.

Avoid air-filled or foam toys, such as water wings and noodles.

Don't rely on them as flotation devices; they are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Older children should use a buddy system to keep an eye on one another.

And if possible, pick a site that has a lifeguard on patrol.

Remind your kids not to swallow the water.

Practice good hygiene; germs on your body end up in the pool.

And never swim when you have diarrhea.

You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.

At the beach?

Stay near the shore.

Tides are strong and can pull even a good swimmer out to deeper water.

For today's Health Minute, I'm Christi Paul.

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