Tips for Staying Safe in Lakes, Pools
05/21/2009

CLEBURNE, Texas — With Memorial Day around the corner, the beach, water parks, lakes, and pools are not far behind.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S. in 2005. Every year, an estimated 350 children age 5 and younger drown in pools, with nearly half of those fatalities occurring in June, July and August, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“The important thing to remember is that accidents can happen any time and anywhere,” said Marvin Cloud, R.N., trauma coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “Parents should be particularly vigilant anytime their children are anywhere near water. By taking preventive measures ahead of time you can lower the risk of a tragedy.”

The CDC recommends the following steps for staying safe near water:

  • Watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity while supervising children.
  • Always swim with a buddy and select swimming sites with lifeguards whenever possible.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
  • Learn to swim. Children should be taught but should still be supervised.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In the time it might take for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could save a life.
  • Do not use air-filled or foam toys in place of life jackets. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
  • Remove floats, balls and other toys from the pool and surrounding area immediately after use. The presence of these toys may encourage children to enter the pool area or lean over the pool and potentially fall in.

Knowing the potential risks and behaving responsibly in and around water will help make it a fun and relaxing environment for you and your family to enjoy yourselves.

For more information, visit cdc.gov.

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 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide 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 Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.