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Be Cool and Safe in the Pool

Post Date:06/01/2010
With temperatures heating up and schools shutting down for summer break, swimming pools offer an inviting way to cool off. The Palm Desert Fire Department provides the following tips to promote water safety and remind the public that drowning is 100 percent preventable.

* Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional or accidental injury-related death for children ages 1 to 4 in Riverside County.
* From 2005 to 2009, 63 children died in drowning incidents in Riverside County. Of those deaths, 54 were children under age 5.
* Children under age 5 have no fear of water and no concept of death. Water is associated with play.
* Children can drown without a sound. There is often no splashing, no screaming, and no noise at all.
* A submerged child can lose consciousness in less than one minute, the time it takes to answer a phone, and sustain permanent brain damage in only four to six minutes.
* Less than one inch of water is all it takes to cover the mouth and nose of a toddler.

Do not forget the ABCs of water safety:
A= Adult Supervision
Assign an adult to keep their eyes on children in the water at all times.

B = Barriers
Ensure that pools are protected by fences, self-closing and self-latching gates, motion sensors, and window and door alarms.

C = Classes
Parents and caregivers should take CPR and First Aid. Swimming courses are recommended for children and adults.

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