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Protect kids from drowning dangers this pool season

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Drowning is a leading cause of death for children, especially for young children between the ages of 1 and 4. That’s why learning basic swim safety is vital as the temperatures creep up this spring. Whether you own a pool or are just attending a pool party at a friend’s house, the most important part of swim safety is vigilance.

4 tips for swim safety

1. Take swim lessons
From an early age, kids need to understand how to be safe around water. Pools can pose a powerful temptation for young children, so if they jump in without asking or lean over and fall in, it’s crucial they know what to do.

That’s where swim lessons can help. The Red Cross and other local organizations, like the YMCA, offer swim lessons for all ages. Just remember that no matter how many lessons your child has, they can still become overwhelmed in the water at a moment’s notice, so always keep them within an arm’s length.

2. Never rely on flotation devices (or even life jackets) to save a child

While something is always better than nothing, these aids should be viewed as just that — aids. These tools can’t be relied on to save a child from drowning.

3. Don’t leave children unattended in a body of water

It doesn’t matter if it’s a bathtub or a pool, never walk away while your little one is playing in the water, even if only for a few moments.

4. Know what to do in an emergency

If a child slips underwater and stays there for a while, or another water-related emergency occurs, you should know what to do: Call 911 and perform CPR if needed. Even if the child is awake and appears fine, you should always call 911, just so a medical provider can make sure they’re OK.

If you have a water-related emergency, every second counts. When you call 911, ask to go to the only dedicated Children's ER in Marion County. Our experienced pediatric providers can provide the care your child needs, right away. Children’s Care | AdventHealth Ocala

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