July 9, 2015
Health Tip: Prevent Boating Accidents
Keep children safer with a life jacket
(HealthDay News) -- Boating is one of summer's finer pleasures, and there's no reason not to take the kids along. But make sure they're protected.
Safe Kids Worldwide suggests:
- Each child should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Make sure the jacket fit snugly and properly. It should not rise to hit the chin or ears when the child's arms are extended.
- Adults should never drink alcohol while boating, so they can safely supervise children.
- Protect a little one from getting chilled with a light blanket or towel.
- All adults should learn CPR.
- If you choose to let your youngster swim, make sure the child is able to tolerate and understands potential hazards, including uneven footing, sea currents and changes in weather.