Childproof Your Summer: Drowning
Keep your kids safe without spoiling summer fun:
4. Don't count on the lifeguard. Drownings are the second-leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 14, after car accidentsand most happen when parents lose track of their children for less than five minutes, says Frank Pia, a water-safety expert at the American Red Cross. So he recommends that families enroll their kids in swim lessons, learn CPR, and childproof their backyard pool.
Alarms that can be worn or placed in the water to sound the alert when a small child goes in have grown popular in recent years, but Pia cautions that they should not be used as the first line of defense. "The drowning process is very quick," he says. For the same reason, parents can't simply rely on the lifeguard at a public pool.
Other ways to childproof your summer:
1. Wakeboarding • 2. Trampolines • 3. Sunscreen • 4. Drowning • 5. Internet Safety • 6. Exercise• 7. Vaccines • 8. Bug Spray • 9. All-Terrain Vehicles • 10. Medications at Camp • 11. Hydration • 12. Amusement-Park Rides