Don't Let Swimming Drown Your Life  

by Pool Builders on 10-21-2010 in Articles

This story touched me when I read it on the internet: "Haden Stusak, 6, of Fayetteville is being called a hero after he dived into a pool to investigate a shadow on the bottom that turned out to be his friend. Adults didn't see a drowning 5-year-old, but his 6-year-old friend did." "We're friends. That's what friends do," said Haden, this little hero.

It's a lucky one, while the fact is that more sad news about the drowning are heard every year.

Swimming pools hold a special magnetic attraction for the young kids. If one sees an outdoor pool a hot summer day when the sun is shining, that water really glitters and children tend to jump into it to cool off. And drowning happens quickly. Experts warn, toddlers can drown in 20 seconds. Only in 20 seconds may you lose your cherished kid.

As it really is a threatening warn from the horrible death number of drowning, we must highlight the safety of swimming, particularly in attractive summer. So how to keep safe in swimming will be discussed.

1)Learn first aid. This rule is general but may neglected easily for the common situation. Parents should learn how to administer CPR. If performed correctly, CPR may save a child's life before the advanced life support can be given by health care providers. You know in 20 seconds may a kid lose his life, and vice verse it may save him with the right first aid. Likewise, you should know how to treat insect or snake bites in outdoor place, dehydration and heat stroke.

2) Prepare the inflatables. Water wings, life vest, inflatable boats and other flotation devices can add safety and security. If you are boating by an inflatable boat on a water pool, make sure that there is no hole on it. The flotation devices are also essential for those with a backyard pool. But take it into consideration that you cannot leave you kids alone with these inflatables beside. Many emergencies may occur unexpectedly.

3)Warm up before your swimming. Cramp may happen if you jump into the cool water suddenly. Or the cold water may make your hands and feet stiff. Drowning always follows this. Do remember to do some simple exercise to make you energetic.

But the most important way to protect yourself is learn to swim. Of course, before you have grasped the skill to swim. All the steps above should be taken.

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