Experts offer advice on bathing safety

BALTIMORE — Pool season has officially arrived and many people can’t wait to get in a swim, but it’s important for parents to get pool safety in place with the kids because kids ages one to four have the highest drowning rates in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children.

Lifeguards say that to keep a good relationship with the water, it is crucial to follow swimming safety.

Parents should always have their eyes on their children even if they have floaties.

Also, teach children to stay away from pool drains, experts say if a small, lightweight person gets too close, they can get stuck underwater, that’s why the set up protection for personal pools is crucial.

The YMCA also recommends that people:

  • Always wear a life jacket for inexperienced swimmers
  • Don’t play games that hold your breath
  • Enter the water feet first
  • Take swimming lessons

Parents should also have a cover for private pools so that children cannot easily enter them.

Lifeguards also recommend that all children learn to swim and parents learn CPR.

To perform CPR on a child or infant, the American Red Cross encourages adults to follow these tips:

  • Place the child on their back on a firm, level surface
  • Give thirty compressions, for a child, place the heel of one hand in the center of the child’s chest, with your other hand on top and your fingers interlocked and out of the child’s chest
  • Give a child two breaths, open the airway in a slightly neutral position using the head tilt/chin lift technique
  • Continue giving sets of thirty chest compressions and two breaths until the child shows signs of life or a trained health worker takes over

“His important parents keep an eye on their children. It is also important that children listen to lifeguards and understand the warnings from the lifeguards whistle,” said Meadowbrook General Manager John Cadigan.

There is currently a shortage of lifeguards in the United States. Pool safety officials are asking all pool goers to be on alert.