Health department offers summer swimming safety suggestions – Quad

Press release submitted by RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that, according to a report from the Home Safety Council, drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury and related death. Drowning incidents may involve any source of standing water, including swimming pools, spas, buckets, bathtubs and toilets.

“Drowning is a sudden and silent danger,” notes the Home Safety Council. “Since drowning victims do not make any noise once in distress, constant supervision around any body of water is critical and the best method of prevention.”

The Health Department urges families to take the following basic safety precautions around water outdoors and in-home.

* Always practice constant adult supervision around any body of water.Older children should not be left in charge of younger children in the pool area.

* Install four-sided fencing that isolates the pool from the home. Four-sided pool fencing is proven to be an effective drowning prevention intervention.

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