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Drowning prevention tips are key this summer

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Posted: Jun 12, 2014 3:35 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2014 4:02 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: drowning, pool, safety, children, tips, prevention

BATON ROUGE - With summer fully under way and the pool uncovered, it is more important than ever for parents to remain aware of the dangers presented by drowning.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death in children between the ages of one and four and the second leading overall cause of death for all children under 14.

For every one child that dies from drowning, another four are treated in the emergency room for submersion, according to statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While most parents would consider themselves vigilant enough to save their child from drowning, submersion is silent and can happen in 10 seconds, loss of consciousness at two minutes, and brain damage in as little as four minutes.

Even without a pool in your backyard, keeping drowning prevention tips in mind is recommended as drowning can occur in as little as one inch of water.

Follow the below prevention tips to make sure that your kids stay safe this summer:

  • All pools should be fenced in on all sides with at least a 4-foot tall fence.
  • Fences should have gates that open outward with a self-closing/self-latching mechanism.
  • Parents should maintain "touch supervision" when children are swimming. Touch supervision means an adult should be within arm's reach of children when they are swimming.
  • Pool toys should be removed from the pool and surrounding area when the pool is not in use to reduce children's temptation to play with them.
  • Make sure all pool and spa drains have appropriate covers in order to reduce entrapment risk

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