Swimming is a great way to relax and beat the heat, but before you pack your towels and sunscreen and head to your favorite swimming hole, make sure you follow some basic safety tips.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of American children ages one to 19. Many deaths from drowning can be prevented by following a few simple rules for swimming in pools or natural bodies of water.
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital recommends the following swimming safety tips to help keep you and your family safe around open water this season:
Learn how to swim. It is essential if you plan on being in, on or near water. Many organizations provide swim instruction to people of all ages, including local YMCAs.
Supervise young children. Never allow your children to swim alone without adult supervision.
Lifeguard on duty. When swimming in bodies of water other than residential pools, swim only when a lifeguard is on duty and in areas designated for swimming.
Know your limits. If you're not a good swimmer or you're just learning to swim, don't go in water that's so deep you can't touch the bottom and don't try to keep up with skilled swimmers.
Buddy up. If you’re a good swimmer and have had lessons, keep an eye on friends who aren't as comfortable or as skilled.
Think before you dive. Do not dive headfirst into shallow or murky water, or water of uncertain depth.
Use proper floatation devices. Inflatable toys, rafts, air mattresses and water wings should never be used as lifesaving devices for children.
Learn CPR and first aid. Adults, especially those who are parents or who care for children, should learn basic first aid and CPR.
Swim sober. Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Being under the influence of either or both seriously impairs judgment and coordination and increases the risk of injury or drowning.
Take a CPR class online: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.