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Residents Urged to Remember Water & Pool Safety

Post Date:06/26/2015 8:00 AM

Riv CountySummertime is here. It is hot and we are all looking for ways to cool off. With drowning incidents on the rise this summer, the City of Lake Elsinore and Riverside County are urging residents to increase their awareness about water safety.

Watch this special public service announcement issued by Riverside County to remind us about how we can prevent drowning.

Prevent Drowning PSA (Click here for Spanish version)

Below is a summary of information from Riverside County Injury Prevention Services, find out more at:
http://www.rivcoips.org/home/index.php/drowning-prevention/water-and-pool-safety

THE FACTS

  • Childhood drowning can be eliminated because we know that childhood drowning is 100% preventable.
  • According to Submersion Incident Report Form (SIRF) Project, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional or accidental injury-related death of children ages 1 to 4 years old in Riverside County.
  • A child can drown in less than 1 inch of water, lose consciousness in 30 seconds or less, and have irreversible brain damages after 4-6 minutes.
  • Most children under age 5 have no fear of water, no concept of death, and often associate water with play.

WATER SAFETY TIPS

  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water at all times, it only takes seconds for a child to lose consciousness.
  • Assign and designate an adult as the “Water Watcher” and take turns if there are multiple adults present.
  • Teach children to swim with adults and to never go near or in water without an adult present.
  • Older, more experienced swimmers should swim with a partner every time.
  • Enroll children in swimming lessons and teach children how to tread water, float, and stay by the shore.
  • Don’t rely on swimming aids such as floaties, inflatable water wings or noodles, and other water toys as a substitute for U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device
  • Learn CPR and first aid, which are often offered by the City, local hospitals, and fire departments.
  • Never drink alcohol before or after swimming or when supervising children.
  • Install alarms on doors, and windows to alert you if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.
  • Ensure four sided fencing around the pool are at least 4 feet high, self-closing, and self-latching.
  • Educate your children on the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment, and to never go near drains or suction outlets.

IF A WATER EMERGENCY OCCURS 

  • Pull the child from the water and place on his or her back.
  • Check for breathing; clear mouth and nose of any obstructions.
  • Instruct another adult to call for emergency help.
  • Begin rescue breathing or CPR as needed until the child is revived or help arrives.

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