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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Keeping Kids Safe Around Water

Keeping kids safe around water--whether that means the Caribbean Sea or a children's pool--is an important part of travel. Gaylene Anderson of Waterproof Kids shares her three most important tips to keep a child from drowning:

1. "Most people don't realize that when children drown they silently slip underwater. I teach a vocal 'bob game' to every child I work with and practice it on a regular basis. Children can learn how to roll on their back and call out for help."

2. "Parents should minimize their own distractions around their kids and water like talking on the cell phone, reading magazines, or relying on a floatie for their child's safety."

3. "Make sure not to leave toys in the bathtub or pool, because the child may reach for the toy and fall in the water. Not every drowning is preventable, but with every water accident we see time and time again that seconds count."


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