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OVER 100 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE WHEN IN AND AROUND WATER

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE…

Drowning is a SILENT KILLER…generally no splashing is heard to alert that someone is in trouble. It happens fast… in only minutes. Children often times silently slip into the water unnoticed, even when adults are present. Anyone who has turned around and found a child floating face down in a pool generally says, "I didn't hear a thing, it happened so fast". In the event that no adult is close at hand, to immediately pull a child to safety, seconds are crucial. It takes only two minutes for a child to loose consciousness and within four to six minutes irreversible brain damage occurs. Even in a "near-drowning" the neurological damage can be severe with staggering long term effects for both child and family.

Drowning Prevention begins with awareness and education. All children are at risk for drowning, even if there is not a backyard pool present. IN CALIFORNIA DROWNING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH FOR CHILDREN AGES 1-4. If you do have a backyard pool, spa or pond, your children are at an even greater risk. The tips below address the potential for drowning in many different scenarios. Parents need to keep eyes open and become extra aware of surroundings where ever they are...know where the dangers lurk. View the world as you do when childproofing your home.


CREATE LAYERS OF PREVENTION

The below tips are precautions that can and should be implemented whenever possible.

Create as many barriers and deterrents as possible, to decrease the possibility of children getting to water unattended.

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