Summer is upon us and that means it's time for families to spend time swimming at the beach, in neighborhood pools, and even in their own backyard.
According to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drowning is the leading cause of injury deaths for children in the US between the ages of 1 and 4 and that children in that age group also have the highest rates of both fatal and non-fatal drowning, with half of all fatal incidents occurring in swimming pools. Being the mom of a three year old that's some scary news! Though we do try to take the necessary precautions when it comes to swimming there's always that thought in the back of my mind... What if something would happen?
With the hopes of preventing unnecessary injuries or deaths, Philadelphia personal injury attorneys, Ross Feller Casey, LLP, have provided some information to keep kids and adults safe this summer. Please take a second to read through these safety tips (as suggested by authors of the CDC study) and remember to use caution when swimming with little ones!
- Parents and children should learn survival swimming skills.
- Environmental protections, such as isolation pool fences and lifeguards, should be in place.
- Alcohol should be avoided while swimming, boating, water skiing, or supervising children.
- Lifejackets should be used by all boaters and weaker swimmers.
- Caregivers and supervisors should have CPR training.
Disclosure: Monetary compensation was received for this post, however all opinions are my own.