Water safety at home

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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It's summer, and for those parents who can't make the trip to a pool or the beach, an inflatable pool at home, or a huge washtub, is often used to dunk the kids to keep them cool.

But as with larger bodies of water, these activities come with their own safety tips. Here are a few from Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organisation dedicated to preventing injuries in children

1. Don't leave kids alone in or around water

Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.

2. Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.

3. When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children's reach. These types of pools can pose a drowning risk.

4. Remove water from tubs and buckets after use. Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub. Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children's reach.

5. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.

6. Learn CPR. Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind -- and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.




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