Dr. Campbell: Water safety for kids
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer season and many of us are flocking to pools and beaches for sunshine and fun in the water.
Every year, thousands of children and adults die in drowning incidents. Ideally, you should learn to swim before enjoying the water.
While at the pool make sure to:
• Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
• Always swim with a buddy
• Never swim alone
• Young children or inexperienced swimmers must wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water
• Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
With children, constant supervision is key:
• If you have a backyard pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
• Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do