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Health Tip: Practice Drowning Prevention at Home
It only takes a small amount of water

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Drowning can happen most anywhere, even in a small amount of water.

The National Safety Council advises parents to:

  • Supervise children when they are near water, including the bath. Empty sources of water -- such as a tub or inflatable pool -- immediately after use.
  • Before your child gets into water, have all related supplies -- such as towels or sunscreen -- nearby. If you have to leave the area, always take your child along.
  • Never allow children to play near streams or canals.
  • If you have a pool or hot tub, surround it with a 5-foot- high fence with a self-locking gate. Keep a life preserver and phone nearby.
  • Install an alarm to alert you if a child opens the door to a pool or hot tub.
  • Skip floaties and use a properly-fitting life jacket.
  • Make sure you are properly trained in CPR and first aid.
  • Enroll your child in swim lessons, although they don't eliminate the possibility of drowning.

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