Each year during the holiday season, mid-November through the first week in January, there is often a slight increase in the number of water related incidents in Southern Nevada. Many times it is because out-of-town family and friends visit homes or apartment complexes with swimming pools and other bodies of water and are unaccustomed to the constant danger water poses to young children, especially those less than 4 years of age.
Here are some water safety tips to remember during the holiday period:
- Remove toys and other items that are attractive to children from the pool area. Do not leave any toys in or near the water.
- Make sure that an adequate barrier is maintained around the pool. Remember that there are breaches that should not be overlooked, such as doggie doors.
- Many times there are a large number of friends and relatives at dinner, parties or other gatherings. If you have a pool, one person should be assigned to monitor the pool and surrounding area to keep a watch especially if children are playing outside.
- Look for other water sources that may cause an injury including fountains, hot tubs, buckets of water, and toilets inside the home. Take whatever precautions are needed to ensure children cannot have access to these water sources.
- If you picnic or hike near water, make sure children are under adult supervision at all times.
- Anytime children are near or in water (including watercraft such as boats) they should be wearing an approved flotation device.
In the event a child comes up missing, first check all water sources (such as the pool) first. If the child is not found, then immediately check parked vehicles nearby by opening all doors and the trunk and search the interior completely. Both water and vehicles can be life threatening in just a few minutes to a child. The best thing for keeping children safe is constant adult supervision.
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