CHICAGO – To prevent tragedies and unsafe conditions, State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is encouraging everyone to be cognizant of the best water safety practices recommended by the American Red Cross.
“With the hottest days of summer fast approaching, many of us will be enjoying the state’s many pools, lakes, and rivers to cool off during the intense heat,” said Slaughter. “To avoid accidents, it’s crucial that we all do our part to be safe around water this summer.”
According to a 2015 report, the Center for Disease Control estimates that ten people die from drowning in the United States every day. About 20% of all drowning deaths involve children and those who survive incidents may face serious issues like loss of coordination, memory loss, and learning disabilities. To reduce deaths and serious injuries, the American Red Cross recommends that parents teach their children how to swim as early as possible and to only let children swim in areas where a lifeguard is on duty. To protect anyone who may be in danger, the American Red Cross also suggests that poolside equipment be kept near the pool in case an emergency arises.
“It’s up to all of us to make sure that everyone has a safe experience around water this summer,” said Slaughter. “Parents can make the biggest difference by teaching their children how to swim and be comfortable around water. Let’s all do our best to make sure that summer is associated with relaxation instead of preventable tragedies and unplanned hospital visits.”