Swimming Safety

June 2005
Scholastic Parent & Child;Jun-Aug2005, Vol. 12 Issue 6, p69
The article presents tips to keep children safe while swimming. Splashing and swimming in a cool blue pool is a hallmark of summer, but it requires a parent's watchful eye. Each year 300 children drown in swimming-pool accidents, and 2,300 more require emergency treatment after being submerged, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Parents should watch a child constantly when he is in or near the water, even if he's a good swimmer. Kids should be enrolled over age 4 in swimming classes. Parents should know how to perform CPR on a child and never substitute a floating device for full-time attention. Floating aids can be great fun but aren't meant as safety devices.


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