Saturday, June 13, 2009

Parental vigilance vital around water

The weather's heating up. So is the water at the beach and in the backyard pool. Even if it's just splashing in a plastic wading pool, the kids are poised for summer fun.

Fun can turn tragic within seconds as very little water is needed for a child to drown, says Barbara McDougall, the Red Cross Vancouver Island representative for water safety and first aid.

"A couple of inches," she says, before proceeding with a plausible but grim scenario: "A small child hits his head, falls face down in a puddle and has difficulty in turning himself over and righting himself."

What averts a potential tragedy is constant supervision when kids are near or in the water.

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1 comment:

  1. this is so sad,i can't handle hearing when a child has been left alone near water. please be careful this summer folks