Pittsburgh (KDKA)-Memorial Day weekend is approaching in a few days, with plenty of pools open in the summer. It may happen that it is National Water Safety Month.
In this week’s Mom’s Morning Minutes, Goldfish Swim School’s Christine Palmer provided some tips and reminders before the child returned to the water.
The best thing she should remember is that children and adults shouldn’t swim alone. Palmer sadly says that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under 4 years old and the second leading cause of accidental death in children under 12 years old.
Palmer recommends nominating a “water watcher”. This person needs to know that he is on duty, just like a lifeguard, and get rid of all the distractions such as magazines, books, and cell phones. According to the organization StopDrowningNow, 23% of child drowning occurs when families are gathered near the pool.
If you are in a public pool, Palmer tells you to check the pool rules with your children and point out where the lifeguards are located. She also recommends light-colored swimwear to children, especially if going to lakes or seas where the water can be dark.
Life jackets are essential for children. Palmer says he will replace the buoy with a life jacket approved by the United States Coast Guard. The seal is on the life jacket.
Palmer recommends building swimming lessons for children and muscle memory to know what to do in case of trouble. She says that children who take lessons and practice basic techniques reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.
Mama’s Morning Minutes: Swimming Safety Around Memorial Day Holidays
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