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Posted on: May 21, 2018

Medstar Summer Safety Campaign is Water Safety

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MedStar encourages everyone to be especially careful as we enter the hot summer season – here are some tips to help prevent drowning tragedies:

  • Learn to swim and teach your children to swim. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses, as well as first aid and CPR courses.

  • Actively supervise children whenever around water – even if lifeguards are present.

    • Know how and when to call 9-1-1.

Know how to respond to water emergency:

· Seconds count—learn CPR.

o CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims.

o The more quickly CPR is started, the better the chance of improved outcomes.

· If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

· If someone is in the water and needs help, reach or throw something out to them - don’t go in unless you are trained.

· If the drowning is in a lake, find a landmark where the victim went underwater that is not subject to wind or tides.

o Knowing where exactly to start a search will speed the process.

· Have rescue and first aid equipment available at the pool, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

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