Since the heat wave began on July 8, 13 people have drowned in rivers and lakesth.
By: Kimberly Rodrigues
In the UK, drowning is the third leading cause of accidental deaths for children under the age of 5, according to Water Babies, the world’s largest and most professional swimming program for babies and toddlers in the UK.
Also, people die every year in the UK from the dangers of swimming, particularly in the summer and when temperatures rise, The Sun reports.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 30 children under the age of 10 have reportedly drowned at holiday swimming pools abroad in the last six years.
Because children can drown in even less than an inch of water, experts warn that it’s extremely important for parents and carers to be extra vigilant at home, on vacation, by the pool or near a lake or when visiting the ocean.
Thirteen people have reportedly drowned in rivers and lakes since the UK heatwave began on July 8, The Sun reports.
First responders warn that to keep your child safe from danger, be sure to dress them for the pool. Parents going on vacation with their babies this summer have also been urged to use a simple trick to easily identify their baby in the event of a crisis.
Former paramedic and CEO Nikki Jurcutz reportedly said in a post on Tiny Hearts Education: “Always dress your little one in bright or high-contrast colors that are easy to find in an emergency.”
“It only takes 20 seconds to drown, little tips like this can save a life,” she told The Sun.
Her entry was accompanied by a short video clip showing 2 different baby grow garments (one white and one dark). The message was clear – the white garment was harder to spot (opposite the pool’s tiles), while the dark one was easy to spot should the unthinkable happen.
Referring to the video, Nikki added, “I wanted to show why the color of your child’s swimwear is so important, see how this can easily be overlooked – opt for bright or contrasting colors.”
This means you should also avoid blue swimwear as many pool tiles are that shade.
Babies and young children are most at risk of drowning, experts at RoSPA say.
According to them, this is because parents don’t notice when their toddlers run away and fall into what may be an unsupervised pool.
RoSPA is quoted as saying, “Drowning children don’t scream for help or wave for rescue – they disappear beneath the surface – often unseen and unheard.”
Therefore, parents are advised to always check the safety precautions. “Adults must be vigilant when a child is in or near a pool,” the experts said.
A security checklist includes the following:
- A lifeguard and safety barriers around the pool area
- Teach your child never to swim alone – before going on a trip
- Be careful when booking holiday homes/villas without a security fence
- Choose pools that are fenced in with locking gates
- Make sure you actively supervise your child around water
- Check the area for slippery surfaces
- Knowing where the deep end of the pool is and also checking for cracked tiles
- Be aware that life jackets and flotation devices cannot be relied on, and do not leave your child unattended near a pool or body of water
- Keep an eye on your child even if a lifeguard is nearby
The Sun reports that taking a children’s first aid course and learning how to revive is a great way to ensure you’re ready to respond in the event of an emergency.