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Remembering Water Safety Tips Can Save a Life
05/26/2010

CLEBURNE, Texas — Nine people drown in the United States each day, according to the USA Swimming Foundation. With plentiful lakes and many homes having pools across North Texas, the summer months can be a scary time for parents.

Most people think they will never be confronted by someone drowning. But an American Red Cross survey found that nearly half of adults have nearly drowned and a quarter of people surveyed know someone who has drowned. If an emergency struck would you know what to do?

The American Red Cross says that if someone is missing near a pool or other body of water, check the water first. If the person is in there, reach out or throw in a device, even a rope or broom will do in an emergency, but do not dive in. Call 911.

Many times someone experiencing distress can look like horseplay. Do not make any assumptions as to whether someone is joking around, according to the Red Cross.

“The summer can be a great time for families to enjoy playing at the pool or visiting lakes,” said Dr. Mike White, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “But family time shouldn’t come without strict rules for how to be safe in the water. It is crucial that individuals respect the water and take appropriate precautions to ensure that the fun can continue.”

The American Red Cross recommends that people take the following steps to limit the risk of drowning:

  • Swim in areas with lifeguards
  • Swim with a buddy
  • Teach children and adults to swim
  • Teach children to ask permission to go near water
  • Put children in life jackets
  • Maintain constant supervision of children near water

For more information, visit redcross.org.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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