MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Summertime fun includes thousands of residents will be taking full advantage of swimming pools, rivers, creeks and vacation trips to the ocean. Keeping safety first will help to prevent festive occasions from becoming a tragedy.
•Always watch your children and never leave them unattended. A lack of adult supervision is one of the leading contributing factors to children drowning.
•Do not rely on flotation devices to protect your children from drowning. You must supervise at all times.
•Have a phone nearby in the event you need to call 911.
•Have children swim in pairs - the "buddy system."
•If a child is missing - check the pool first.
•Teach your child how to swim. Visit www.pgparks.com/aquatics.htm for additional information.
•Learn CPR. Visit http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class or call the Fire/EMS Department CPR Information line at 301-864-LIVE (5483).
For home pool owners and managers:
•Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool.
•Use self closing latches and gates.
•Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.
•Have life saving equipment nearby such as life rings or reaching poles.
For everyone:*It's never too late to learn how to swim.
*Take frequent breaks.
*Excessive use of alcohol and drugs are often contributing factors to adult drowning.
*If you have limited ability in the water - "Do Not Get in Over Your Head."
*Follow the direction of life guards and other officials - if they say "Get Out" then get out.