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  ARC Heartland Chapter
2912 South 80th Avenue
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 343-7700


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Water Safety for Children

1. Maintain constant supervision: At no time should you leave your child unattended in or around any water environment (pool, stream, tub, toilet, bucket of water), no matter what skills your child has acquired and no matter how shallow the water.

2. Don't leave toys in the water: Toys could lure a child back into the water when a parent is not present.

3. Don't rely on substitutes: The use of flotation devices and inflatable toys cannot replace adult supervision. Such devices could suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.

4. Encourage safe practices: Don't assume young children will use good judgment and caution around the water. Children must be constantly reminded to walk slowly in the pool area and only to enter the water with you.

5. Enroll in a water safety course with your child: Your decision to provide your child with early aquatic experience is a gift that will have infinite rewards.

6. Look for the label: Use Coast Guard-approved life jackets for yourself and your children when boating or skiing.

7. Know local weather conditions and prepare for electrical storms. Because water conducts electricity, it is wise to stop swimming or boating as soon as you see storm clouds or hear thunder.

8. If you come upon a person in an emergency, remember CHECK-CALL-CARE: CHECK the scene to ensure it is safe and CHECK the victim; CALL 911 or your local emergency number; and CARE for the person until help arrives.

9. Take American Red Cross CPR and First Aid classes: Knowing these skills can be important around the water. You also will expand your capability in providing care for your child and other members of your family in emergencies.

10. To learn more about how to take precautions and help those in emergency situations when help can't wait, contact your local Red Cross. In Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties, call the Heartland Chapter at 343-7700.

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