MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Memorial Day weekend is known as the unofficial kickoff of the summer, which means kids will spend a lot of time outdoors, and on the water.
To prepare for more time outdoors and on the water, kids at UW Health are offering water safety tips to keep kids safe this summer.
Safe Kids Worldwide reports that nearly 800 children a year die from accidental drowning, making it the leading cause of preventable death associated with injury to children between one and four years of age. the age.
While water activities can be fun ways for kids and families to spend the summer months, they don’t have to result in as many injuries and deaths as they do every year, according to UW Health Kids. child safety and injury prevention manager Rishelle Eithun.
“Drowning is one of the most preventable causes of death in children,” Eithun said. “Families never think it will happen to them until it happens. Thankfully there are so many things parents and caregivers can do to make sure their children are as safe as possible indoors and in the water this summer. ”
UW Health Kids provides the following safety recommendations:
- Keep your children in and around the water, with no distractions. Many drownings are quiet, so watching the kids at all times is important.
- Get your kids swimming lessons. Teach children how to swim in open water and in the swimming pool.
- Have your children wear a life jacket that is appropriate for their weight and water skill level. Seventy-seven percent of all fatal boat accident victims drowned, and of those, 84 percent did not wear a life jacket.
- Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills. Discuss as a family how to respond to an emergency in the water.
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