POSTED: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 4:42pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:06pm
Winter Park, FL - Infant Swimming Resource (www.infantswim.com ), the safest provider of self-rescue swimming lessons for babies and toddlers from six months to six years old, announces the following winter water safety tips to help families protect their young children as they travel this holiday season.
According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, "Eighty-eight percent of children were under some form of supervision when they drowned." 1
"The holiday season represents the highest probability of distractions and breakdown of normal supervision routines," said Dr. Harvey Barnett, founder of Infant Swimming Resource. "If a child is missing, check the pool first."
Holiday and Winter Water Safety Tips
1. CEO Supervision (Constant Eyes On) - Never turn your back on your child around water. It takes just seconds for him/her to be in serious trouble. Segment the supervision responsibilities so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child and be aware of the distractions unique to the winter months: holiday parties, house guests, etc.
2. Educate Others - When traveling to relatives' and friends' homes they may not understand the importance of keeping gates closed, doors locked, closing toilet seats, emptying buckets, etc. Visiting family, holiday parties and celebrations can lead to breakdowns in routine supervision and barriers to the water.
3. Decoration Hazards - Decorations and lights can pose problems with young children around the house. Watch for lights and electrical cords around water, make sure no outside decorations provide a means for a child to climb over a fence or open a locked gate.
4. Maintain Pools in the Winter - Keep pools well-maintained with clear water even if it is too cold to swim. If someone falls in, they can be seen and be helped immediately. Pool covers need to be drained of accumulated rain water and free of debris.
5. Hot Tubs - Supervision must be one adult per child due to the high temperatures and turbulence of the water in a hot tub. When children are in the hot tub keep the temperature below 90 degrees Fahrenheit and limit exposure to less than ten minutes.
6. Self-rescueTM Skills - Teach young children self-rescue skills. In addition to pool fences, alarms and gates, it can be another layer of defense. Survival swimming and a demonstration of the roll-back-to-float skills prior to all water recreation is vital anytime of the year.
For a full Family Aquatic Safety Checklist from Infant Swimming Resource visit:
About Infant Swimming Resource
Founded in 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) is nationally recognized as the safest provider of swimming lessons for children six months to six years of age. With a passionate focus on baby swimming safety, and as the nation's only behaviorally-based swim instruction program, ISR designed its program for parents who are dedicated to their child's safety, education and developmental needs. Our emphasis on ensuring that not one more child drowns is founded on Dr. Harvey Barnett's self-rescue training, proven to help young children survive in a drowning scenario. ISR's nationwide network of highly qualified, certified Instructors has successfully trained more than 175,000 babies and toddlers and delivered more than seven million lessons with a 100 percent safety and survival rate, with zero injuries and 788 documented cases of a child's self-rescue using ISR techniques. For more information on ISR, water and swim safety or to find an instructor in your area, please visit www.infantswim.com .
1. National Safe Kids Campaign, Clear Danger: A National Study of Childhood Drowning and Related Attitudes and Behaviors (April 2004). http://www.usa.safekids.org/NSKW.cfm