Drowning prevention and water safety reminders from nurse and swim instructor


BREAKFAST FOR AT LEAST 35 YEARS. IT IS 6:52 A.M. RIGHT NOW. AND KNOWING THAT YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY CAN SWIM IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS. ACCORDING TO THE CDC, DROWNING IS A LEADING CAUSE OF INJURY DEATHS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN FROM AGES 1-4. NOW IT’S PART OH OUR ASK THE EXPERT SERIES. JENNIFER MARTIN TALKS TO EMERGENCY ROOM NURSE AND A SWIMMING INSTRUCTOR FOR WATER SAFETY REMINDERS. WEATHER YOU’RE HEADED TO THE LAKE, BEACH OR SWIMMER POOL, HE SAYS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF WATER SAFETY IS PREVENTION. THE BIGGEST THING IS USE OF LIFE JACKETS AND THE VESTS THAT YOU CAN PUT ON YOUR CHILDREN TO HELP THEM FLOAT IN THE POOL. Reporter: MAKE SURE LIFE JACKETS ARE COAST GUARD APPROVED AND FIT CORRECTLY. THROW AWAY THE WATER WINGS T THINGS WE HAD WHEN WE WERE KIDS. Reporter: 80% OF PEOPLE WHO DIE FROM DROWNING ARE MALES AND THE MAIN FACTOR IN DROWNING IS A LACK OF SWIMMING ABILITY. THE SWIMMING INSTRUCTORS SAY PARENTS CAN START TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN HOW TO SWIM WHEN THEY’RE AS YOUNG AS SIX MONTHS OLD. JUST BEING ABLE TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM IS HUGE, BEING ABLE TO FLOAT SO THE KIDS CAN HAVE THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO GET THEMSELVES TO SAFETY. Reporter: AND STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING CHILDREN TO ASK PERMISSION BEFORE GETTING IN THE WATER. FOR ADULTS, ALCOHOL JIB CROW INCREASES THE RISK TERRE DROWNING. Reporter: IF SOMEONE IS CHOKING ON WATER, LAMBERT SAYS TO PERFORM CPR RIGHT AWAY. THE HEIMLICH IS NOT APPROPRIATE. IT’S CPR. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. Reporter: CALL 911 RIGHT WAY IF YOU NOTICE THESE SIGNS OF A WATER EMERGENCY. THEY LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS OR NOT ACTING LIKE THEMSELVES. THEY’RE IRRITABLE OR ANXIOUS OR CONFUSED, THEY HAVE DIFFICULTY SPEAKING OR BREATHING. SOUNDS LIKE THEY’RE GURGLING AS THEY’RE TALKING TO YOU. Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE CDC, OTHER TOP FACTORS INCLUDE A LACK OF BARRIERS AROUND POOLS AND A LACK OF CLOSE SUPERVISION EVEN IF THERE’S ALREADY A LIFE GUARD PRESENT. TO HEAR MORE FROM THE EXPERTS BOTH ON THIS TOP AND I CAN OTHERS, JUST LISTEN EVERY SATURDAY MORNING AT 10:00 A.M. AT 6:54 A.M. WORD RADIO. AND REMEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR HEALTH QUESTIONS FOR OUR SERIES, VISIT OUR WEBSITE, CLICK ON THE NEWS TAB AND CLICK ON ASK THE EXPERT. A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

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