Preventing Drowning

Monday, June 06, 2016

Almost 4,000 Americans die each year from drowning. It is the most common injury-related cause of death for children 1 to 4 years of age. Dr. Edward Hill discusses tips to keep everyone safe in and around the water in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Water safety is important at any age, but is especially crucial if you have babies or toddlers in your home.

Many drownings can be prevented by taking simple safety steps and with education.

Learn how to swim. Children and adults who cant swim should take swimming lessons.

Take a CPR class.

Protect small children. Toddlers can drown in buckets of water, shallow baths and toilets. Stay within arms reach of children in the bathtub, pool or hot tub, or at the beach. Dont let yourself be distracted by talking with others or using your cell phone.

Put a fence around a backyard pool.

Use caution at the beach. Only swim at beaches with lifeguards.

Wear life jackets while boating.

You should never drink alcohol or use drugs while swimming, boating or supervising children around water, and

Be careful around rivers, lakes and ponds. Moving water is more powerful than it looks and you cannot always tell how deep water is by looking at it, even if its clear.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.