Safety First for the Fourth: Some Pool and Water Guidelines

In conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday celebrations, many families head to the pool or the beach.  As with any family outing, especially those involving water, keeping common sense safety tips in mind is critical. Listed below are a few reminders for helping make your family’s Fourth of July safer: Keep an eye on the kids – Drowning is the second most common cause of injury death for children under age 14. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children age 0-4 in Maryland and third leading cause for those aged 5-14. Drowning can even occur when…

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Getting Ready for Swimming Pool Season? A Few Things to Know Before Pool Season. . . .

As we approach Memorial Day, many thoughts turn to our favorite summer activities. Playing in the pool and lounging by the pool are extremely popular among children and adults. However, when improper attention is paid to the people in the pool or to the pool itself, serious accidents or tragedy can occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2005-2014, an average of 3,536 deaths by drowning each year occurred. Often those injured are young children who are still learning how to swim. A pool which has poorly trained staff, dangerous equipment, or not well-maintained conditions…

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