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  • Why is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

    The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2019) is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this awareness week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of illness and injury. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we swim, play, relax in, and share. Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

    Why Is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

    Injuries caused by mishandling pool chemicals:
    Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality (for example, to kill germs). Each year, however, mishandling pool chemicals when treating public or residential/backyard pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds leads to 3,000–5,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments.
    For more info, visit CDCs Pool Chemical Info.

    Illnesses caused by the germs in pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds:
    During 2000–2014, nearly 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds. Most of the outbreaks were caused by germs Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”), Legionella, or Pseudomonas. Healthy swimming is not just about the steps pool operators and pool inspectors take—so let’s all do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
    For more info, visit CDCs Healthy Swimming Info.

    Drowning:
    Each day, two children younger than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial. To help prevent drownings, please remember to have active adult supervision, never swim alone, make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates, and most of all keep a Pool / Lifeguard First Aid Kit on hand.
    For more info, visit CDCs Water Injuries Info.

    Harmful algal blooms:
    Algae can grow in warm, nutrient-rich fresh- and marine water. An abundant growth of algae that harms people or animals is referred to as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). HABs in fresh- and marine water can produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of HAB toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, ingestion by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAB toxins, or breathing in tiny droplets or mist contaminated with HAB toxins.
    For more info, visit CDCs HAB Toxin Info

    Naegleria fowleri “the brain-eating ameba”:
    Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic ameba (a singlecelled living organism) that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. If water containing the ameba goes up the nose forcefully, the ameba can invade and cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
    For more info, visit CDCs Naegleria Info

  • Drowning Safety: Children at Risk

    In the past 2 days, a half dozen Children have nearly drown in San Diego County Alone, according to Rady Childrens' Hospital.

    That may seem like a lot, but with the summer heat more are likely to come.

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    According to Channel 7, A one-year old Oceanside baby Monday afternoon as the child nearly drowned in a swimming pool.  It's the sixth near-drowning of a young child in San Diego county in just the last 48-hours.

    San Diego's NBC Affiliate says a 1-year-old who nearly drowned in his Bonsall neighbor’s backyard pool Monday is the sixth “near-drowning” case at Rady Children’s Hospital in two days, hospital officials say.

    The hospital reported five separate cases on Sunday alone. Every case had a common denominator - “It’s a split second. It’s when you take your eye off your child for just a moment’s notice. They’re fast, they’re quick, they love the water and in they go,” said nurse Oseana Bratton.

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  • Drowning Prevention Week - July 19-26

    This Week is National Drowning Prevention Week

    Help Your Kids Swim Safely This Summer:

    Drowning Prevention Tips 

    Keeping our children safe is a priority both inside and outside. Whether children are swimming at a home pool or in natural bodies of water, with friends or with famliy, water safety is always key. Two children 14 years and under die every day from drowning and it is the third leading cause of all deaths for children ages 1 to 4.
    Use these parent prevention tips to ensure your  child’s safety in and around the water.
    Learn to swim. Swimming lessons, even amongdrowning
    toddlers and young children, can help protect them
    from drowning.
    Learn CPR. CPR can help you save a child’s life. Learn  CPR and get recertified every two years.
    Use the buddy system. Always swim with a buddy.  Look for swimming sites that have lifeguards on duty whenever possible.
    Do not use air?filled or foam toys as safety devices.  Do not use toys, such as “water wings,” “noodles,”  or inner?tubes, instead of life jackets (or personal flotation devices). While these toys are fun, they are  not designed to keep swimmers safe.
    Supervise your children. Supervise young children at all times around bathtubs, swimming pools, and natural bodies of water. When supervising kids near  water, avoid distracting activities such as playing  cards, reading books, or talking on the phone and always stay close enough to reach out and touch young children at all times.
    Don’t drink alcohol. Avoid alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
    If you have a pool at home:
    Install four?sided fencing. Install a four?sided pool fence, at least 4 feet high, that separates the house and play area from the pool area. Use self?closing and self?latching gates that open outward with latches that are out of the reach of children.
    Clear the pool deck of toys. Immediately remove floats, balls and other toys from the pool and surrounding area after use. These toys may encourage children to enter the pool area unsupervised and potentially fall into the pool.

    Around natural bodies of water:  Wear life jackets. Even if they know how to swim,  make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water. Use U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets when boating, regardless of travel distance, boat size, or boater’s swimming ability.
    Before swimming or boating, know the local weather conditions and forecast. Avoid swimming and or boating whenever there are strong winds and thunder or lightning.  Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents (for example, water that is discolored and choppy, foamy, or filled with debris and moving away from  shore). If you are caught in a rip current, swim  parallel to shore; once free, swim diagonally away from the current toward the shore.

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    In Iowa, though Gov. Branstad has signed a proclamation June 16 declaring June 15 through 21 as Drowning Prevention Week for that State.

    In 2012, the most recent year for data, there were seven drowning deaths in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) supports Drowning Prevention Week and encourages Iowans to take three steps toward water safety:

    1)      Learn – All parents and caregivers are encouraged to learn adult and infant CPR. Immediate resuscitation at the site of an incident before the arrival of emergency medical services is associated with a significantly better outcome for children involved in a water injury.

    2)      Provide – IDPH recommends homeowners with pools or spas install fencing or barriers to prevent young children from gaining access to the water without supervision. To be effective, barriers should:

    • Be at least 48 inches tall.
    • Have no openings that would allow passage of a 4-inch sphere.
    • Be of a non-climbable design.
    • Have self-closing, self-latching, lockable gates.

    3)      Know – All parents and caregivers should know how to swim and should teach their children to swim as well.

    In addition, to keep their homes safe, parents and caregivers of young children should provide locks on toilets and never leave young children unattended in the bath. It’s also important to always empty wading pools, ice chests and buckets immediately after use.

    To help encourage learning to swim, IDPH is partnering with Safe Kids and the Altoona Aquatics Center for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 20. Similar events will be taking place across the nation, including additional locations in Iowa. To see a map of Iowa locations for the event, visit www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org/location/.WRN-Ambassador

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