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Playing It Safe

Teach Your Kids the Importance of Water Safety

The heat has successfully crept into our St. Louis summer again and one thing is on the minds of children across our area-water! Backyard swimming pools, passes to the water park, boating on the lake and maybe even a family vacation to the beach are all true signals that summer is in full swing. But while you are preparing to shuttle your kids around in their wet bathing suits, take a moment to prepare for their safety in the water this summer as well.

"Water-related injuries are extremely common and, as parents, we need to take the highest precautions possible," says Mary Frichtel, RN, community education coordinator for St. Luke's Hospital. "Most of these accidents could have been prevented with a little education and extra planning."

According to the National Safe Kids Organization, drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children age 14 and under. Each year approximately 1,000 children lose their lives by drowning and for every drowning, four more children are hospitalized for near drowning.

These statistics do not mean that you and your children should stay away from the water this season, but they do demand your attention on how safety-conscious your entire family should approach water fun.

Frichtel has a few tips on keeping your family safe in the water this season:
For more information or class schedule, please, call St. Luke's Community Outreach at 314-542-4848.