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Health What to Know About Pool Safety and How to Prevent Drowning Emergencies

10:47  14 june  2018
10:47  14 june  2018 Source:   people.com

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Check out these 15 things you should know about how to prevent a tragedy this summer. But just as importantly, parents should learn about water safety and know how to respond to a water emergency ." 11. Know How to Reduce the Risk of Drowning at Home.

Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency and how to prevent these emergencies will help keep you and your loved ones safe around the pool . An object that floats is best, but even a towel may be all that is needed, to help the drowning person reach safety .

The tragic death of skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter on Saturday emphasizes the importance of pool safety, especially as the summer season ramps up.

Miller’s daughter, Emeline Grier, wandered into a neighbor’s backyard pool while the family was talking to the neighbors inside their home.

“She was only missing for just a short amount of time and Mom turned and was looking for her and didn’t see her right next to her,” Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi told PEOPLE. “Mom went straight to the backyard to where the pool was. The child was in the pool. The mom pulled out the little girl and they started CPR immediately.”

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Help Prevent Drownings ! Here’s how : Practice Supervision • Never take your eyes off children in the water—. • Learn how to swim • Know basic water safety skills, such as CPR • Install fences and other barriers • Use pool alarms and covers.

injuries- emergencies ~American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discusses the drowning warning signs Home swimming pools should be surrounded by a fence that prevents a child from getting to the pool from the house. Even a child who knows how to swim may drown a few feet from safety .

a small child sitting in front of a birthday cake: Bode Miller with daughter Emeline © Morgane Beck/Instagram Bode Miller with daughter Emeline

According to the Centers for Disease Control, children between the ages of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates, with most occurring in swimming pools at home. And among the children ages 1 to 4 who die of unintentional injuries, drowning accounts for one-third of the deaths.

The American Red Cross recommends protecting home pools with a gate. “Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool,” says the American Red Cross website.

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Share. Tweet. Pin. Email. A 10-year old South Carolina boy dies more than an hour after coming home from a day at the pool . A California toddler’s lungs fill with fluid hours after he’s been pulled from the spa he fell into. Some call it dry drowning , some secondary drowning .

And in case of an emergency , here's what you need to know . Many drowning deaths are preventable . So, it is vital that parents and children know how to react when someone is struggling Ask your pool operator if your pool or spa's drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act.

The organization also emphasizes the need to watch children closely when they’re around all bodies of water, and to never allow anyone — even if they can swim — to be in the pool alone. Additionally, all pool toys should come out of the water when they’re not in use, as they often entice young kids to jump in.

Concialdi added that children often do not make a noise if they’re drowning, so parents need to stay vigilant.

“Unfortunately, children do drown without a sound. There is no yelling or screaming,” he said. “When a child jumps in the water and that child doesn’t know how to swim, they panic under water. It is extremely tragic.”

The American Red Cross also advises that parents take first aid and CPR courses to help in an emergency. They provide step-by-step instructions on their website, and offer classes around the country, found here.

a small child sitting in front of a birthday cake © Morgane Beck/Instagram

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