We know you hear you this information every summer, but it’s important and it saves lives! Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years old. Young children can drown in only a few inches of water, even if they’ve had swimming lessons. Read through these safety rules and keep your little one safe this summer around water.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted
- Adults should not drink alcohol when they are swimming with children
- Follow pool rules – no running and no pushing others underwater
- Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult
- Be sure the deep and shallow ends of any pool your child swims are in clearly marked and never allow your child to dive into the shallow end
- Empty all tubs, buckets, and kiddie pools immediately after use and store them upside down so they don’t collect water
- Close toilet lids and keep the doors to the bathroom and laundry rooms shut
- Install a fence around a backyard pool – A fence should surround all sides, be at least four feet tall, and have a self-latching gate
- Your child should always wear a life jacket when he swims or rides in a boat
- For children under 5, a life jacket should have a floatation collar to keep the head upright and the face out of the water
- Don’t use inflatable toys in place of a life jacket as they might deflate suddenly or your child might slip into deep water
- Spas and hot tubs are dangerous to young children who can easily drown or become overheated
- Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills – you may help to save a life
- Don’t assume others are watching your child – stay vigilant and aware at all times
In case of any emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.
Mesa Pediatric Urgent Care and Gilbert Pediatric Urgent Care
It can be scary any time your child is sick, but rest assured that AllKids Urgent Care is here to help guide you every step of the way with a caring and knowledgeable pediatric staff. Both our Gilbert Pediatric Urgent Care and our Mesa Pediatric Urgent Care are open every day, from noon to 10 p.m. No appointment is necessary, just stop in and start your child on the road back to health.