Water Safety: Do Your Kids Know How to Swim?

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

This holiday weekend you might be heading out to the lake or cooling off in the pool. While it's a fun activity -- drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among infants, toddlers and young children.

According to 18 children have already drowned this year in Texas, and we're just now getting into swimming season.

It's a time of year that most kids live for.

"Water is such an important part of the summer," said Amy Wallace of Franklin.

The Adamson Lagoon in College Station is a place where many meet paradise; and it's crawling with kids who are taking their first steps towards a summer of freedom.

Amy Wallace is a teacher and looks forward to spending the summer with her three kids at the pool -- a time she knows they cherish. She says as soon as they learned to crawl -- they learned to swim.

"You get in the water with your baby, the instructor teaches you some things about blowing in their face you know, to make them hold their breath, sweeping them under the water,” explained Wallace.

Having strong swimmers in the pool provides Wallace with piece of mind -- for many others -- it provides comfort; something Wallace says can lead to a false sense of security.

"Being panicked can lead to a really lead quickly to them getting in a bad situation really fast and at the minimum, their calm in the water and part of the courses we did talk about teaching them to roll over, tread water, which gives you a few extra seconds to get to them. ">

It’s time well spent for a lesson worth teaching.

"You have no idea what that's going to feel like losing a kid, so you can take those few precious moments to teach them,” said Wallace.

Coming from a mom who knows the value of teaching life's lesson's to three little ones who could never be replaced.

Basic Water Safety Tips

Inside the house

•Never leave small children alone near any container of water. This includes toilets, tubs, aquariums, or mop buckets.
•Keep bathroom doors closed and secure toilet lids with lid locks.
•Never leave a baby alone in a bath for any reason. Get the things you need before running water. Infants can drown in any amount of water. If you must leave the room, take the child with you.
•Warn babysitters or caregivers about the dangers of water to young children and stress the need for constant supervision.
•Make sure small children cannot leave the house through pet doors or unlocked doors and reach pools or hot tubs.

Outside the house

•Never leave children alone around water whether it is in a pool, wading pool, drainage ditch, creek, pond or lake.
•Constantly watch children who are swimming or playing in water. They need an adult or certified lifeguard watching and within reach.
•Secure access to swimming pools. Use fences, self-closing and latching gates, and water surface alarms.
•Completely remove the pool cover when the pool is in use.
•Store water toys away from the water, when not in use, so they don't attract a small child.
•Don’t assume young children will use good judgment and caution around water.
•Be ready for emergencies. Keep emergency telephone numbers handy and learn CPR.
•Find out if your child's friends or neighbors have pools


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