June 25, 2010
Mangano: Water Safety Tips from the Nassau County Department of Health
With the start of the summer swimming season, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today released the following water safety tips from the County Department of Health to help families and seniors stay safe this summer:
Supervision. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water.
Buddy System. Always swim with a buddy and always swim at sites that have lifeguards on duty. Obey all posted signs.
Be Alcohol-free. Do not drink alcohol while swimming or supervising children who are swimming.
Learn to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young people from drowning.
Do not use air-filled or foam toys. Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets (personal flotation devices). These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
If you have a swimming pool at home install a four-sided isolation fence, a pool alarm and always lock gates and remove the ladders when the pool is not in use. Clear the pool and deck area of toys after use. The presence of these toys may encourage children to enter the pool area unsupervised or lean over the pool and potentially fall in. Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and always keep a phone pool side. In the time it might take for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could make a difference in someone’s life.
“I wish all of our residents and visitors a healthy, fun-filled summer and urge all to keep safety in mind when enjoying water-related activities,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
“Nationally, more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger. Drowning and near-drowning are preventable, I urge all people to follow these safety tips to prevent unintentional drowning and injury, said Dr. Maria Torroella Carney, Commission of Health.
To learn more about water safety, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site at http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/Drowning/index.html.