Water safety is an important topic of discussion to have with children. Occasionally, a parent will ask me to explain to their child or children the importance of behaving a certain way in or near the water. Based on my observations over the years there is a general lack of knowledge about water safety.
Summer is fast approaching, and we are excited! The splash of cool water when you jump into a pool is an experience which we all enjoy. When the summer sun comes up, everyone is happily picking up their swimming gear and hurrying towards the pool. Whether it is to practice or it is to exercise, we are all going to have fun at the pool.
Drownings are often preventable accidents and all parents should take steps to keep their children safe in and around the water. Here are some easy steps to follow to ensure that your family is safe.
Though there are many organizations that review the steps of CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care), the basic steps are consistent. Training is always recommended, but it’s noteworthy that “The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions. It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life.” - MayoClinic.org
Here is advice on how to perform CPR from the American Heart Association (as listed on the Mayo Clinic site):
As summer moves into high gear with many families participating in water activities, it’s important to remember water safety and lifesaving measures. One important life-saving skill is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. CPR is most commonly used in the event of cardiac arrest and/or drowning, and it allows a bystander to manually help circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body of the injured person, preserving brain function until medical help arrives. It’s a basic but proven first aid skill used throughout the world, saving approximately 92,000 lives each year.