Summer Swimming Safety

by Emily Baird on June 8, 2010 at 7:36 am

With the unofficial start to summer underway, warm weather has people flocking to the pool. but the Muskingum Valley Red Cross says you need to protect your kids when it comes to the water. They need some kind of swimming background.

"Just don’t take them and dump them off. Most pools have swim lessons. There are the red cross certified swim lessons, but most pools have swim lesson. Just because you take them to the pool, they have a life guard, but you should really still be responsible for your kids, " says Julie Davis of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

It’s important to remember not to dive into water that’s shallow. Davis says the best place to do that is at the designated diving area, where the boards are located. Otherwise, you can cause major injuries.

While most people think of the water as summer fun, it can be dangerous.

"It only takes a few seconds to drown. 4 to 6 minutes, brain death will occur, but if you breath in water instead of the air, it’s going to fill up your lungs. That’s going to put pressure on your heart. Of course, your brain isn’t going to get the oxygen it needs, and that person can die, " says Davis.

Davis says most of the time, drowning accidents happen in shallow waters.