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Swimming pool safety tips

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 10:37pm

You saw the story on Local 4 News. A nurse managed to save her nephew's life through CPR, after he was found lifeless under the water of her pool.

Even with several people around, a drowning can occur, as is evident by national statistics: 250 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools each year.

The Las Cruces Police and Fire Departments, the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, and the YMCA of El Paso is encouraging families to follow the following tips to stay safe around your pools this summer:

· Never leave children, or elderly, unsupervised in or near a swimming pool or hot tub.
· Do not assume that other children, or another adult, will watch over your child's safety.
· Do not consider anyone "drown proof" because they've had swimming lessons.
· Do not rely on flotation devices, such as Floaties, as a substitute for supervision.
· Keep rescue equipment, including a cell phone or telephone, easily accessible at all times.
· Remove toys from pool after use so children are not tempted to reach for them.
· Refrain from consuming alcohol while swimming or supervising others.
· Remove pool covers completely before use and securely cover after each use.
· Properly secure or lock doors and gates that lead to pools, and hot tubs when not in use.
· Ensure that babysitters and all other users know, and will follow, pool safety rules.
· Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and encourage others to do the same.
· When supervising children at play avoid distractions such as reading, texting or gaming.

For information on swimming lessons, download the following information for the Loya, Bowling, and Westside locations from the YMCA of El Paso.

swim_lessons_bowling.pdf297 KB
swim_lessons_loya.pdf37.12 KB
swim_lessons_westside.pdf49.66 KB

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