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Water safety: Keeping you and your family safe from drowning

So far, this year 18 people have died from drowning in metro Phoenix area

PHOENIX (June 25, 2021) – With the very hot temperatures past us for right now, more people may head back to the pool and that makes it critical to review pool-safety practices, say Banner Health safety experts.

“I think everyone thinks it can’t happen to me. Drowning can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do,’’ said Tracey Fejt, RN, Banner Health injury prevention coordinator. Fejt is pronounced (fate).

So far this year, there have been 18 drowning deaths in the metro Phoenix area, according to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. That includes four children under the age of five years old and thirteen adults. 

“There’s got to be layers of protection and those layers of protection start with the ABCs of drowning prevention,'' said Fejt, who frequently speaks to community groups about downing prevention.

In a ready-to-edit video, Fejt lists those ABCs: 

Adult supervision: Always have eyes on kids and be close enough to touch them. In big family gatherings, designate an adult to be a lifeguard to constantly watch the kids. Also, more adults drown than kids, so adults should have a swim buddy.

Barriers between children and water. Make sure there is a five-foot fence around the pool and that the pool gate latches by itself. Don’t forget that kids can crawl through doggie doors so block the doors’ access to pools.
Classes in CPR for adults and swim lessons for kids are essential. Drowning victims have a much higher rate of survival if CPR is administered immediately.

Coast-guard approved. “Floaties’’ or “water-wings’’ can pose a danger to children. Use only items that have labels indicating they are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. 

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