Health Tip: Water safety
With many of us thinking of summer vacations, it’s important to remember to keep ourselves and our family members safe while splashing about this summer. Every day, about 10 people die from drowning in the U.S., with two out of those 10 being kids under the age of 14.
Remember these tips to keep yourself and your kids safe at the pool or beach this summer:
• Stay close, be alert and watch children in any body of water
• Learn water safety skills and teach your kids to swim
• Never leave kids unattended in or near any body of water
• When possible, always swim in designated areas with lifeguards
• Always cover your pool or hot tub at home when unattended. For folks with a pool or hot tub at home, it’s important to install the proper equipment around your pool – including a fence and a latching gate to keep kids out when the pool is not attended by an adult. You can also be prepared by keeping rescue equipment that you can reach or toss to someone in the case of drowning.
If you notice someone drowning or missing near a body of water you should:
• Call 911 immediately
• Remove the person from water as quickly as possible – either with help from a lifeguard or using rescue equipment you can reach or toss. Seconds matter when someone is drowning – four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
Just be alert and prepared around water to stay safe this summer! The Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital Emergency Department, Shady Grove Medical Center Emergency Department and Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the emergency needs of our community.