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Water Safety - Prevention

If children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, it benefits parents to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which, in case of an emergency, can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival. CPR training is available through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and your local hospital or fire department. Other specific drowning prevention tips include the following:

Infants (up to 1 year of age):

Infants can drown in just one inch of water. Most infant drownings occur in bathtubs. Some drowning prevention tips to remember around your infant include the following:

Preschoolers (1 to 5 years of age):

Children in this age group most often drown in swimming pools. This often occurs when the preschooler wanders away from the house and into the pool without parents being aware of the child's absence. Children can slip into swimming pools without a sound or splash.

Swimming pool safety:

To protect your child from drowning in a swimming pool, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following tips:

School-age children (5 to 12 years of age):

Children in this age group are more likely to drown in bodies of waters such as oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Adolescent children (12 to 18 years of age):

Although older children are more likely to know how to swim, they are at risk for drowning due to overestimation of their skills, unawareness of water currents or water depth, and when consuming alcohol or using drugs. To protect your adolescent from drowning, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following tips:

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