WTAP @ 5: To Your Health Report: Drowning Precautions

By: Holly Firfer Email
By: Holly Firfer Email

Two children die everyday in the U.S. from drowning, but thankfully there are ways parents and loved ones can protect children around water.

Holly Firfer has more in today's Health Minute.

Temperatures are climbing around the countryand many families are taking to the water for a little relief. But as you cool off it's important to take precautions to reduce the risk of drowning- whether you're at the pool, lake, or the ocean.

The top priority is making sure children are properly supervised by an alert adult.

Most drownings occur quickly and quietly with little or no yelling or splashing. The CDC suggests people learn cpr to help out in case of an emergency.

And although it may seem obvious, adults and children should know how to swim. But even if you're child is a strong swimmer, it's a good idea to use the buddy system. Experts recommend that weak swimmers use lifejackets as well as all boaters - adults and children.

If you have a backyard pool, it's important to install fencing and locks, and consider a pool alarm or cover. If you have small children, remove toys after swimming to prevent them from jumping in to retrieve them when unsupervised.

Swimming is great exercise, and staying safe can make for a greatday of fun in the sun.

For today's Health Minute, I'm Holly Firfer.

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