Keeping kids safe in the water

MEMPHIS, Tenn.-  Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you should take a break from watching your children in the water.

Water safety experts say it only takes seconds for someone to drown, and it can happen in as little at two inches of water.

“Unfortunately, most of the drowning are when people are nearby , but they are not the watching the water. No one is really taking turns watching the children carefully,” said Susan Helms with Safe Kids Mid-South.

Safety experts say the most important thing you can do is designate a ‘water watcher’ anytime your children are near the water.

That person should keep an eye on them at all times and stay within three feet so they can grab them if they get into trouble.

“I’m not texting. I’m keeping my eyes and ears on to the children,” said Helms.

If you have a pool, make sure you have the proper drain covers.

The new covers make it impossible for children to get fingers or hair caught in them.

If your child doesn’t know how to swim, make sure they are wearing a life vest.

Safety experts recommend all parents and caregivers learn CPR.

Le Bonheur, Safe Kids Mid-South and Splash Mid-South are offering free CPR classes, Saturday, June 28 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at The Medical And Educational Research Institute or MERI at 44 South Cleveland.

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Each year Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats about 40 children who drown or almost drown in pools, ponds or other bodies of water.