Summer in Southern California means avoiding the heat with pool parties and making trips to the beach. With the weather heating up, we’ll begin to see more crowded beaches and more activity around swimming pools as people try to stay cool. A swimming pool can be a great source of family fun and fitness. But cooling off could become a tragedy if safety precautions are not taken, particularly for parents with young children. Anyone that uses a swimming pool should be aware of the potential safety hazards and what precautions they can take to avoid injury or death.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4. Drowning is also the second largest cause of injury-related death for children ages 4-14. Injuries and deaths from drowning are largely preventable with appropriate safety precaution and awareness of factors that increase the risk of drowning.
Besides the risk of death, drowning poses a great threat to injuries, especially for toddlers. Nonfatal drowning can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functions. The good news is that drowning can be prevented.
It is important to make safety a priority to protect children and others in and around the water. Some of the most effective ways to prevent drowning include four-sided fencing, swimming lessons, life jackets, and supervision/lifeguarding. Knowing CPR can also save the life of someone who drowns. For best protection, combine several safety measures to most effectively reduce drowning risks.
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