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Kenny: The importance of water safety rules

Posted 6/14/22

The temperatures are rising in Arizona, reaching record highs. And as the weather gets warmer, many parents are escaping the heat and taking their children for a swim.

Sadly, according to reports, …

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Kenny: The importance of water safety rules

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The temperatures are rising in Arizona, reaching record highs. And as the weather gets warmer, many parents are escaping the heat and taking their children for a swim.

Sadly, according to reports, drowning is the second leading cause of death in young children between ages 1 and 4. Water safety is essential for summertime fun and, just by making these small adjustments, parents can help ensure their kids are protected:

• Learn CPR: For drowning, the American Heart Association recommends rescue breathes along with compressions. Learning the life-saving skill could lead to you saving a person you know and love. You can go online and search for CPR courses in your area.

• Remember life jackets: Don’t leave them at home. Half of all boating deaths could be prevented with their use.

• Learn to swim: As stated previously, drowning is the second-leading cause of death in children between ages 1 and 4. It’s imperative that children know how to swim prior to entering the water.

• Family safety plan: It’s important for everyone in the family to be trained in CPR. Don’t wait. Make sure you’re all well-versed in the technique.

• Secure the pool: Install fencing with self-closing gates at least four feet high to separate the pool from house and yard.

• Teach safety: Have a discussion beforehand with your family and talk about risky behavior, such as diving or swimming in unfamiliar water, and alcohol or drug use while in or near water.

• Remove toys from the pool when not in use with supervision: Make sure children aren’t tempted to play unsupervised. And always keep a watchful eye on them when they are near the pool.

For more water safety tips, visit. www.heart.org.

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