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ABCs of Water Safety

ABCs of Water Safety

With summer off to a hot and sunny start, let’s review the ABCs of water safety.

A: Adult supervision 100% of the time when in or around water

B: Believe that drowning can happen to you

Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in children one to four

C: Consider CPR training for all caregivers, with drowning seconds matter

D: Drowning is quick and silent, install door alarms and fences with locking gates around pool areas

E: Enroll you child in swim lessons, although this should not be a substitute for supervised swimming

F: Flotation devices should be easily accessible and children should wear properly fitting life jackets when on a watercraft

Yearly 1,000 children under the age of 14 drown in pools and spas and thousands more are hospitalized. Prevention is key. Please talk with your pediatrician today to learn more ways keep your children safe this summer.

Tarin DeVoursney (Coulas), MD, is a board-certified pediatrician. Dr. Devoursney earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. She completed her pediatrics residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. DeVoursney’s clinical interests include childhood development, newborn and infant care, eczema and preventive health maintenance.

*Dr. DeVoursney is accepting new patients