Healthy Kids - June 2014

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Water Safety for Children

Life jackets available at Joe Pool LakePools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. But water also can be dangerous for kids. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning, according to And most drownings occur in home swimming pools.

The good news is there are many ways to keep your kids safe in the water. Whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, the beach, or lake, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following basic safety tips.

  1. Learn to swim! All children and adults who will be near water need to learn how to swim. Contact Grand Prairie Aquatics to enroll in swim lessons.
  2. Invest in proper-fitting, Coast Guard-approved flotation devices (life vests) and use them whenever a child is near water. If you at Grand Prairie's Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake, you may borrow one from our lending board. Just put it back when you are done!
  3. Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention.
  4. Whether you're swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult.
  5. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision.
  6. Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
  7. We know you 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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