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Hot Weather - Preventing
Childhood Drowning Incidents
The Social Diary Safety Educator Columnist Monica Zech
Column #16, August 14th, 2006
Hot weather conditions always bring an
increase in the number of drowning or near drowning in the County.
As emergency personnel we must remind parents and caregivers that
proper "supervision" is key in preventing tragedies
among children. But, this also warrants another reminder on the
dangers of "water" in general when it comes to drowning.
Firefighters-Paramedics and the Safe Kids Worldwide safety program
reminds us of the following "water" dangers:
" Stay where you can see and reach
kids in the water. Avoid being distracted by talking on the phone,
preparing a meal, reading etc.
" Children should only swim in designated and supervised
" Teach children to NEVER swim alone
Use barriers to keep kids away from water
when you are not around
" Four-sided isolation fencing, at
least five feet high and equipped with a self-closing and self-latching
gates, should be installed around all pools (including inflatable
pools) and spas. Fencing should completely enclose the pool or
spa and prevent access from a house or yard.
" Install pool alarms, pool covers, door alarms or locks
" Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier. Don't leave
toys that could attract children in or around pools
" EMPTY buckets, wading pools and other containers immediately
" NEVER leave a baby alone in a bathtub - they can drown
in just an inch of water
" Keep toilet lids down and locked and doors to bathroom
and utility rooms closed when not in use
Pool Drains are an often-overlooked drowning Hazard
Teach children never to go near a pool
drain, with or without a cover, and to pin up long hair in water.
Multiple drains in pools and spas will reduce the suction of any
one drain. Know where the manual cut-off switch for the pump is
in case of emergency. Consider installing an approved "safety
vacuum release system (SVRS) - a tool that quickly and automatically
turns off the pump and stops the suction when something is trapped
in or blocks the drain.
It's a great idea to learn CPR for unexpected
tragedies such as drowning and keep a phone or cell phone nearby
to call 9-1-1. Talk with children about water safety rules. Have
children take swimming lessons, but don't assume this alone will
protect your child. Children drown without a sound - so watch
*Always supervise your children in an around
water. Don't leave, even for a moment.
Cajon Fire.com for
more safety tips -
Think Safety in everything you do - Monica Zech
Monica Zech is the Public Information
Officer and Safety Educator for the City of El Cajon and for El
Cajon Police and Fire Departments. For safety tips please
visit El Cajon
Fire.com In community work, Zech is the President
on the board for the Trauma Research Education Foundation-TREF
and a board member with Communities Against Substance Abuse-CASA.
In March, Monica received the County's 2005 Individual Health
Champion Award for her safety lectures in the community and throughout
and visit Zech's
Web Site ,or Monica
Zech at (619) 441-1737.
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