Oklahoma ER & Hospital’s second annual summer safety event is taking place on July 16th from 4:30-6:30 pm. Because safety is our top priority, this year’s event will be COVID-friendly. We’ll be hosting a drive-through for the community to pick up grab bags packed full of goodies, activities, and summer safety information! Come by and grab yours this Thursday at 15103 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Edmond, OK.
As the months get hotter, we start spending more and more time in the water. Although beach trips, pool days, and boating on the lake are all common summertime activities, it’s crucial to keep water-safety at the forefront of your mind.
We’ve all heard the unfathomable stories about people who go underwater and don’t come back up. And unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds for something to go horribly, irreversibly wrong. In the time it takes to check a text or google something, it could be too late.
Even if your child is a strong swimmer, accidents happen. Drowning is the leading cause of death in young children 1-4 years old, and 2/3 fatal drownings happen from May to August. Drowning happens silently in almost all cases, without warning sounds or splashing, and all it takes is one inch of water. Therefore, it’s absolutely imperative to actively watch children while they bathe, swim, or play in the water.
The Department of Public Health encourages parents to follow the SILENT guidelines, which includes:
- (S)wimming pools should have fences, drains, and alarms that meet regulation
- (I)nstall alarms in houses with swimming pools in the backyard
- (L)ayers of protection include adult supervisors, floats, pool covers, etc.
- (E)ye—keep an eye on kids near or in the water at all times
- (N)ever leave a child alone near water
- (T)ouch—an adult or lifeguard should be close enough to reach a child if needed
Other water safety tips include:
- Teach kids to swim at a young age and be hands-on as they learn
- Keep children secluded to the shallow end
- Show young children that floaties are just as essential for a pool day as a swimsuit
- Invest in a proper-fitting lifejacket if your child is going on a boat or in a large body of water
- Never leave small children unsupervised in the bathtub
If you see a child slip underwater, act as fast as possible. If a lifeguard is on duty, immediately alert them and anyone in the water close enough to help, or jump in yourself. Once the child is above water, check if they are breathing and conscious. Pat them on the back a few times to see if they need to cough up any water. If the child is not breathing, call 911 immediately. If the blood flow stops, brain damage or death can occur in a matter of minutes. In this case, it’s crucial to their survival that they receive CPR until their heartbeat and breathing returns, or until professional medical help arrives.
Being CPR certified can save lives, and anyone with children should strongly consider taking a CPR course to be prepared. Click on the American Heart Association’s website here to find CPR training courses and classes near you.
The heartbreaking effects of drowning don’t always play out while a child is in the water, and can happen after-the-fact by dry drowning or delayed drowning. Dry drowning happens when someone inhales water, and later their vocal cords spasm and close. Similarly, delayed drowning occurs when a little bit of water is taken in, and the airways become inflamed afterward.
Take your child to the emergency room immediately if they show the following signs after being submerged underwater:
- Abnormal behavior
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
When an emergency occurs, it’s a jarring experience, which is why we’re here to take the reins when it matters most. Our fully equipped ER & Hospital is open 24/7 to assist you with any type of medical need or emergency.
The last symptoms mentioned above are also signs of COVID-19. If a family member experiences difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or any other coronavirus symptoms, register on Oklahoma ER & Hospital’s website to visit us and get tested today.
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