We think summer, we think fun around the pool and the beach.
On Sunday, St. David's South Austin Medical Center, Colin's Hope and Emler Swim School is offering a free water safety class that will include tips around water as well as adult, infant and child CPR.
The class is 4-6 p.m. at Emler Swim School Oak Hill, 7100 U.S. 290, Suite A.
To register for the class, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-341-6118.
Already this year, 18 children have drown in Texas. Yes, 10 of those were in a pool, lake, pond or beach, but 8 of those happened in a bathtub and two in a bucket.
In April, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations to address this.
“Drowning is the single leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4,” said Dr. Sarah Denny, lead author of the policy statement “Prevention of Drowning,” in a press release.
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The academy also noted that teens are the age group that has the second highest risk for drowning, mainly because they are overconfident in their swimming ability and they mix alcohol with swimming.
The academy recommends:
• Parents and caregivers should never leave a child alone or in the care of another child around a bathtub, pool, spa or other open water.
• Adults should empty all buckets and wading pools immediately.
• Do not leave young children alone in the bathroom.
• Install toilet locks if you have babies and toddlers.
• An adult with swimming skills should be within arm’s length of an infant and toddler when they are in or around water.
• At least one supervising adult should be focused only on the older children and better swimmers when they are in and around the water.
• All children should learn to swim, beginning as early as age 1.
• All children and teens should wear life jackets around open bodies of water.
• Teens can learn CPR and water safety skills.
• Homes with pools should have a four-sided fence around the pool that isolates the pool from the home.
Related: Keep kids safe around water
Drowning is often silent and very quick, which is why parents and caregivers need to be within arm’s length of young children at all times, not just around the swimming pool, but also around coolers and bathtubs. For coolers, if they have a locking device or strap that secures them, use those when you’re not getting something out.
Related: Pediatrician shares recommendations on how to keep kids safe
One important thing around the pool, beach or even bathtub is switching off who is watching the children and not looking at your phone or a book while the kids are around water. Don’t rely on the lifeguard to do the water-watching for you.
Related: Be a water guardian
Around the bathtub, do not do things like going to grab the pajamas when the kids are in the tub or drying off with a filled tub nearby. Drain the tub immediately and the coolers immediately when you are done with them.
U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets and not relying on things like pool noodles or other floating things as your floatation device.
Also in addition to having a four-sided fence around it, be vigilant about putting away pool toys.