Carrollton Fire Rescue Encourages Pool Safety
The week before Memorial Day (May 21–27) has been designated Healthy and Safe Swimming Week and the month of May is designated as National Water Safety Month. The goal of these two efforts is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by promoting healthy and safe water recreation habits. This year’s theme is “Swim Healthy. Stay Healthy.”
According to 2016 statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1-4 years, the second leading cause among ages 5-9, and ranks fifth overall among the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States.
From 2005-2014, there was an annual average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) in the United States – about 10 deaths per day, per CDC data. According to the report, about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 years and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries. From 2015-2016, the annual average increased to 3,694, showing a more than 4 percent rise in two years over the average for the previous nine years.
Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) encourages parents to watch young children while in the bathtub and to designate a responsible adult to supervise their kids when swimming or playing in or around water. Water watchers for preschoolers should provide “touch supervision” – being close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activities (such as reading, being on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
Formal swim lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even with lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing to prevent unsupervised access, are still important.
Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to take CPR training. CFR offers training on the first and second Saturday of each a month at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road) with options that include basic first aid. The department has a goal for as many citizens as possible to obtain a CPR/AED course completion card, so they are extending a challenge to the local community: Get trained, save a life. The next scheduled CPR/AED+First Aid course is set for July 7 and the cost is $40. The next scheduled CPR/AED course is set for July 14 and costs $25. Children ages 10+ are eligible to take either of these classes as well. To register for the upcoming courses, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow under the Education section. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/leisuremag to check out the newest issue of Carrollton’s Leisure Connections magazine for listings.
Local businesses are encouraged to schedule onsite training courses with CFR to establish what could be a safer environment should a cardiac episode occur in the workplace. To schedule a workplace training, call 972-466-4901.
Visit cityofcarrollton.com/poolsafety for more information.