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About The Kid Swimming Safety

For a kid swimming a great summer day means splashing, wading and paddling. To make sure your children get the maximum pleasure from water play but miss out on its hazards, catch up on the latest precautions.

The cardinal safety rule watch the kids remains in force for parents. Drowning is a major case of accidental death for children under 14 years old. The arrival of hot weather around much of the nation means many people are now opening the family pool for the summer.

Pool owners and parents, especially those with young children, should always keep in mind the hazards a pool can pose. A young child can drown quickly and silently, often without any splashing or screaming.

It can happen in just the few minutes it takes to answer the telephone. Some steps must be taken to reduce entrapment deaths and injuries associated with kid swimming.

Unfortunately, many kid swimmers are injured in pool-related accidents sound recommendations for parents to follow to protect and to educate their children about the dangers of drowning.

About The Kid Swimming SafetyAbout The Kid Swimming Safety

The only true safety gear is a life jacket, life vest, ring or cushion labeled “Coast Guard Approved.” But remember that even a Coast Guard approved ring or cushion may not be sufficient to save a child.

Make sure your child is watched every second. At the beach, spread your blanket out near the lifeguard’s stand to increase the chances that your child will be swimming in the lifeguard’s line of vision.

In addition, make sure pool gates are locked and that you watch kids while they’re playing poolside. Of the approximately 600 children under age 5 who drown each year, about half drown in backyard pools.

As you probably know, flotation devices now come in many shapes and styles. Wings belts and tubes and can be used for play or as learning aids. Swimming instructors, for example, often have kids hold kickboards while practicing a kick.

What these devices cannot do is save a life. They’re toys, not life preservers, and should only be used by children who are being supervised. Swimming and water play are joyful and valuable experiences.