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Child safety this summer: How to avoid drownings

Child safety this summer: How to avoid drownings

08/07/2016

With the summer weather here, we need to consider new precautions to keep children safe. Among the new threats are heatstroke and drowning. What precautions should we take to ensure our children are safe in the water this summer?

SAFETY IN THE WATER

Drowning is among the top ten causes for death among children and young people the world over, accounting for more than 370,000 deaths each year. Bear in mind that the highest rates of drowning worldwide are among children aged 1 to 4, followed by the 5 to 9 age group.

Beaches, reservoirs, rivers, swimming pools... drowning can and does occur in all water environments. Which is why a series of precautions must be taken, which are detailed in a Quick guide entitled "Enjoy water environments safely this summer" from Fundación MAPFRE. We particularly recommend these two infographs with tips on how to avoid drowning at swimming pools and beaches.

Tips at swimming pools:

Cartal con consejos para evitar ahogamientos en piscinas


Tips at beaches:

Cartal con consejos para evitar ahogamientos en playas

TEN KEY RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. Keep exposure to risks at a minimum by using strategic barriers (particularly at swimming pools, and especially if you have a pool at home)
  2. Enhance safety and swimming skills. It's best to teach children to swim from a very young age.
  3. Make sure they use a floatation device, especially if they do not know how to swim.
  4. Identify and point out hazardous spots. Don't let children swim there.
  5. Supervise swimming areas and don't lose sight of children.
  6. On beaches, obey the flags (red means swimming is forbidden, yellow means caution is required when swimming, while green means the sea is calm).
  7. Follow all instructions given by lifeguards both on beaches and at swimming pools.
  8. Don't go in the water if you are tired or have recently eaten a large meal.
  9. Call for emergency aid if needed.
  10. Everybody should know basic CPR. Instructions on how to perform CPR are available here.

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