Summer safety tips for swimmers - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Summer safety tips for swimmers

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Summer is here and that means more children and adults will be jumping in the pool.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death for people younger than 19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Thursday the YMCA in Flowood had a full house of children in the pool for summer camp.  

They provide private swim lessons for young children. 

"The statistics are it's the number one cause of accidental deaths  for children 1-14 and a scary statistic to me is 88% of children who drown do so  under adult supervision," said Janet Reihle, Director of Development for the Metro Jackson YMCA.

The Metro YMCA specializes in swim classes and lessons with qualified lifeguards on duty that know CPR. They constantly scan the water, take a head count, blowing their whistle when some young swimmers misbehaved. 

According to lifeguard Phillip Nichols, "A lot of times as a lifeguard that we just fear, I call them silent killers. A lot of times they will just look at you, their eyes are big. Sometimes you just have to know, it's not always screaming and yelling or waving their arms as you see in a movie sometime."

How can you help save your child's life?  

Always have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver for children who are beginning swimmers or can't make it across the pool during a test of their skill level.  

The four rules for children are:

1. Always swim with a buddy.
2. Jump feet first into water. Never dive.
3. Don't push or jump on others 
4. Be prepared for an emergency. 

Experts encourage parents to take lifesaving CPR lessons. Sixty percent of children who drown are within 10 feet of safety.

Remember that drowning is preventable.

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