Md. health official encourages water safety as summer approaches – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2021-05-04 02:34:09 –

Maryland health officials provide advice on how to avoid water hazards as summer approaches.

Whether it’s a pool party or a beach day this summer, you’ll find many families on or around the water. Water safety should be kept in mind when going out near the body of water. That way, these excursions will not end the tragedy.

Water hazard was displayed last Saturday 7-year-old girl and father drowned During a pool party in the backyard of Charles County. According to police, the father jumped into the water to save the girl, but couldn’t even swim.

When it comes to drowning, the younger the child, the greater the risk of being sacrificed by water.

Dr. Clifford Mitchell, director of environmental health at the Maryland Department of Health, said:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning The main cause of death in children 1 to 4 years old.

“Drowning kills children of that age group more than anything other than birth defects,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell’s recommendation for parents is to keep an eye on them when they are at the water’s edge.

Around natural waters, Mitchell recommends that children wear life jackets. They can also be used in the pool by children who may be weak swimmers. If your child can’t swim, consider enrolling in a swimming lesson.

Swimming near lifeguards trained in life-saving techniques such as CPR is also essential, Mitchell said.

Regarding the backyard pool, Mitchell said it should be surrounded by a barrier when not in use to keep children out.

“A pool without barriers is naturally attractive to children,” he said.

For older children, they may have more experience in water, but Mitchell said new concerns arise, including the use of drugs and alcohol. He said young people under the influence were under the influence and had fatal consequences.

He recommends adding this topic to the discussion when parents talk about their children not using drugs or alcohol and the dangers posed by the activity, especially when gripping the steering wheel of a car.

“The same kind of warning should be given to children regarding swimming,” Mitchell said.

Adults are also at risk in water.

“Even adults can get into trouble if they aren’t trained to swim or don’t know how to swim,” he said.

If you have adults who can’t swim, especially children, Mitchell said you shouldn’t be afraid to see who can swim around small bodies of water, such as backyard pools. Then, in an emergency, seek out that person.

“It’s like calling 9-1-1,” he said.

According to Mitchell, when it comes to safety in and around water, it’s important to treat it with respect.

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