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Saturday, September 26, 2020
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    Drowning: A real danger

    Follow the rules and better enjoy your time in and around the water.

    A little boy (10) drowned on 7 December afternoon at Lebohang (Leandra). A group of friends swam in a quarry when the little boy struggled with his swimming. His friends decided to return home leaving him to fend for himself and did not report the incident to their parents. His younger brother also didn’t say anything.
    The story only surfaced when the family inquired about his whereabouts.
    The Police Inland Waterwing and Delta1 Rescue Diving searched for the little boy on Saturday 8 December and found him around 12:30 in 1, 5 meters of water. The rainy season is here and it could be expected that there will be more pools that the children will play in. It is also hot during summer and the pool is a popular place for kids to play around. The Bulletin recently reported about a little boy that fell into a pool and the quick response from both Secunda 911 and Secunda 911 assist 24/7. Follow the rules and better enjoy your time in and around the water.
    1.Always swim with a buddy. 2.Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child. 3.Don’t assume that a child who knows how to swim isn’t at risk of drowning. 4.Know how to identify swimmers in need. 5.Learn CPR. Starting CPR immediately, rather than waiting for emergency personnel, can help reduce the chance of brain damage. 6.Children should never be in or around a pool alone. 7.If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count! 8.Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. Facebook can wait. 9.Check the water depth. If you can’t swim, it’s best to stay in the shallow water until you’re a more confident, stronger swimmer. 10.Don’t take risks. 11.Remind your children not to run near the pool. They may slip and fall, which could not only cause serious injuries but could also cause a fall into the water. 12.No diving in the shallow end of the pool. The American Red Cross recommends 9 feet as a minimum depth for diving or jumping.
    13.Formal swimming lessons and water-safety skills training can start at a young age. 14.Never swim during a thunderstorm. Exit the water immediately when you hear thunder.
    15.As fun as it is to swim with friends or family, refrain from horseplay such as dunking, hanging on to someone or allowing them to hang on to you while in the water. 16.If you have a residential pool, install a pool fence.
    17.When you’re at the beach, It’s a good idea to swim only in places that are supervised by a lifeguard. 18.When using water slides, always go feet first.
    19.Teach kids not to drink the pool water. To prevent choking, never chew gum or eat while swimming, diving or playing in water. 20.Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – Don’t get too tired, too cold, too far from safety, exposed to too much sun or do too much strenuous activity. 21.Never push others into the pool. Keeping yourself and your kids safe makes swimming more fun. Follow the rules and better enjoy your time in and around the water.

    Drowning: A real danger