PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - School's out and the pool is open, but with that comes a risk every child may face. In just a few seconds an innocent day by the pool can turn fatal.
With summer around the corner, many families will be spending time in the pool, but with that comes some dangers. Panama City Beach's Aquatics Superintendent shares some safety tips you and your family should know about before diving into a pool this season. (WJHG/WECP)
According to the Red Cross, two children under the age of 14 die from unintentionally drowning every day on average, many of which could have been prevented.
Wil Spivey, Aquatics Superintendent of Panama City Beach, says the key to preventing drownings is staying educated. "Drownings don't always happen like in the movies when, you know, a lot of splashing and 'Help, help!' You know, a toddler, they're kind of top heavy, and [in] very shallow water can fall over and it could look to like they're playing or swimming in the water," said Spivey.
Spivey's young son Hawk added, "Don't run and be safe."
One tip--wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
"You know, the water wings are inflatable--we don't like those so much. The Puddle Jumpers are like foam and you can clip it in the back. If they're gonna be around the water and they can't swim, get them in swim lessons," said Spivey.
But knowing how to react to a near drowning can mean the difference between life and death.
Spivey said, "Learn CPR, rescue breaths, you know, if somebody's been underwater, if they're unconscious... if they're conscious and they can't breath good that's life-threatening. Call for help."
Another piece of advice--make sure your backyard pool is properly enclosed with fencing and special locks.
For more information on how to sign your child up for swim lessons, click here.
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