ABCs of Water SafetyTarin DeVoursney, MD
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.