Remember, designate somebody to watch the swimmers

Many kids narrowly escape drowning during summertime holiday celebrations held near water. Designating an adult water watcher could easily prevent those potential tragedies, said Dr. Steven Kernie, a pediatric critical care physician at UT Southwestern medical Center at Dallas. “A lot of drownings happen at parties or social events where there are plenty of adults around’everybody assumes someone else is watching the water,” Dr. Kernie said. “Know who is watching the swimmers.” Water watchers should also have immediate access to a telephone so they can call 911 in case an accident does occur. That means keeping the phone, if it’s a cell phone, charged and within reach rather than in the car or indoors, Dr. Kernie said.

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