Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are upon us, and the weather and humidity are heating up. Children and adults are looking for a way to counteract the heat and get cool. There’s nothing better than a pool, a lake, or any body of water to provide relief and fun-filled days. Whether you are a new parent, or you have siblings vying for your attention, it’s always a good idea to review a water safety guide for parents.
As a parent (or a friend), learn CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Although we hope you will never need to use it, know how to revive someone.
Learn to swim yourself! Seems obvious, but many adults still never learned to swim.
Children should learn to swim as soon as they are ready. Find a Red Cross or YMCA that provides lessons. Maybe take lessons together.
Stay vigilant! If you are watching your own child, several of your children, or other children, never let your attention stray. It only takes a few seconds for a child to get in trouble.
If you have a tiny kiddie pool or a large in-ground version, there are ways to protect children from drowning.
Large recreational areas, lakes, and the beach are all opportunities to have lots of fun but also can be hazardous for children.
Children are living in the moment and rarely think about their safety. It is left to parents and other adults to supervise and keep them safe.
Contact Weirton Medical Center at (304) 797-6DOC if you need additional water safety tips or if your child has been hurt in a swimming accident.