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May 20

Watch Your Kids Around Water

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 3:41 PM by Samantha Thomas

It’s that time of year to fire up the BBQ, invite over some friends and head out to the pool. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when drowning incidents increase. Drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in children. By strictly following some simple rules, you can ensure your family has a fun summer and a safe one, too. Nothing replaces constant eye-to-eye supervision of children. When you turn your back, shift your attention, start a conversation or check your phone—this is when the drowning will occur. The simplest thing you can do to prevent a drowning is keep 100 percent of your attention on your children when you are around water. Make sure to block access to pools. Walk the perimeter of the house and look for ways a child can gain access to the pool. Make sure the pool fence is self-locking and latching. Look for household items children can use to climb the fence and make sure children can’t open low handled doors or squeeze through doggie doors. Lastly, make sure to teach your children to swim. Swim lessons can begin as early as six months old. Swim lessons are offered by the City of Peoria and will begin in the second phase of the reopening plan. In the meantime, there are things you can do at home to teach water safety. Check out this tub swim lesson: