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Locally, seventy-five percent of drownings and near-drowning incidents happen in pools, with children 4 years old or under. Active adult supervision and layers of protection such as door alarms and a fence around the pool itself can lower the risk for your child.
This year, Safe Kids Tarrant County (SKTC), led by Cook Children's, is partnering with the North Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance to promote the Play It Safer Around Water campaign. Read below for these quick tips on keeping your children safe around water.
Drowning is a quick and silent killer.
Backyard pools/spas need fences/alarms.
U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets save lives.
Alcohol and water activities are a bad mix.
Danger zones: bathtubs, buckets, toilets, lakes, pools and spas.
Supervise with your eyes. Always be a Water Watcher.
Reach and throw – Don't go!
Summer sun, water fun, if trouble comes, call 9-1-1.
Learn to swim at any age.
Learn CPR for the family.
Keep safety equipment nearby.
~ All information gathered from Safe Kids USA and Pool Safely.
For more Water Safety information contact Safe Kids Tarrant County at 682-885-4244.
Play it safe around waterDid you know that drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death for children ages 14 and younger? It is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years. Terri Ford, community health outreach coordinator for Cook Children's and Safe Kids Tarrant County coordinator, wants to make sure that... read story.
Children drown silently, so designate a Water Watcher to watch children in and around all water. A Water Watcher Tag is used to designate responsible adults to watch the water when you have a party at the pool, lake or beach. At social gatherings, 10-15 minute shifts are recommended for Water Watchers. During that time, Water Watchers should not be distracted by conversations, cell phones, reading, etc. They must keep their eyes scanning above and below the water's surface. Click here to request your Water Watcher tag Dana.Walraven@cookchildrens.org
For more information, please contact Dana Walraven, Safe Kids Tarrant County coordinator at 682-885-1619 or email email@example.com.
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