SATURDAY, June 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As you seek to cool down in a pool or at the beach this summer, always keep water safety for yourself and others in mind, an expert urges.
"With children, I always recommend starting swim lessons at an early age and having parents put on floaties or life vests on their children when near any water. Parents should also never let their kids swim alone without supervision and ensure they're following safety measures just like they would in other situations," said Dr. Samuel Prater. He is medical director of emergency services at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
"If you have a pool at home, or a boat, it's also extremely important that you're not only following state water safety regulations and guidelines, but also doing everything you can to prevent any avoidable injuries," Prater said in a health system news release.
It's also important to know the signs of drowning and what to do when it happens, including CPR. The American Red Cross has several guidelines on what to do if someone is in trouble, Prater said.
The American Red Cross has more on water safety.
SOURCE: Memorial Hermann Health System, news release, May 26, 2021
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