Fit for You: June is safety month

Children need to understand that water can be dangerous and they should never go outside to play in or near water unless an adult is present.
Oklahoman Published: June 17, 2012
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Fit For You

June is safety month

Every parent should talk to their children about water safety. Children need to understand that water can be dangerous and they should never go outside to play in or near water unless an adult is present. Adults and children also should be encouraged to learn to swim. Individuals who know how to swim and breathe properly are less likely to panic while submerged in water.

According to Safe Kids USA, an average of more than 815 children ages 14 and under die each year as a result of drowning.

• Children should wear floating devices at all times. Whether at the pool, beach or lake, rafts and life jackets are an important water accessory.

• Adults supervising poolside should consider having a phone handy in case of an emergency.

• Knowing CPR is another great lifesaving tool.

Source: St. Anthony Hospital and www.safekids.org. Call Saints Physician Referral at (405) 231-8866 or go to www.saintsok.com.



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