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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Archive for the ‘Drowning prevention’ Category

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a “designated pool watcher” can avert his or her eyes for a moment or get distracted by a conversation. That’s why local experts advise pool owners to hire professional lifeguards when hosting […]

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Swim season brings drowning risks; Here’s how to keep kids safe

Swim season is here, and while it’s a favorite time for kids and families to start enjoying the Valley’s many pools and water parks, it’s also a time to be hyper-vigilant about water safety. Melissa Sutton, president of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, has comforted too many families who have lost loved ones to […]

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Watch for warning signs 72 hours after a near-drowning

It’s just another typical day at the pool, until you see your 8-year-old son struggling in the water. Without hesitating, you dive in, grab your son and pull him out of the water. You breathe a sigh of relief because he immediately coughs up water and is not experiencing any trouble breathing. He says those […]

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Water safety and autism

autism, swim lessons, Mesa, Arizona, Swimkids USA

Parents and caregivers must be vigilant whenever children are near pools, lakes and other water features. This is especially true when it comes to water safety and autism. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children or adults who have autism, according to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. The […]

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When do you take down a pool fence?

So your kids are a little older and they’re all good swimmers. Is it time to take down the pool fence? Cardon Children’s Medical Center Injury Prevention Specialist Tracey Fejt, RN, encourages families to keep pool fences in place no matter what the age range in the household may be. “A pool fence is truly […]

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Do water wings prevent drowning?

Are you a “floatie” family? Do you slide those colorful inflatable water wings on the arms of your young children? Think they work? The American Red Cross says no. Yet many parents say yes. Two thirds of those who answered survey questions on water safety said they believe that putting inflatable arm bands—“water wings” or […]

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Swimming with autism

Swimming is a beneficial sport for children with autism, which is why several Valley swim schools have added programs especially for kids with autism and/or other special needs. Swimming is an individual sport that offers “360 degrees of physical stimulation,” says Bob Hubbard, co-founder of Hubbard Family Swim School, which offers a STARFSCH special needs […]

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