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Fit and Well Idaho: Children’s water safety

Getting kids started early in the water is imperative, whether it’s through private lessons or at the city pool
Getting kids started early in the water is imperative, whether it’s through private lessons or at the city pool
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 1:36 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — With school out and summer around the corner, more people are headed to recreate in pools, lakes and more.

But, with young children, being around water can be a headache for caregivers. For children aged 1 to 4, drowning is the leading cause of death in the United States.

There are some basic steps to help stop these preventable situations. On boats, rafts, kayaks, and more, those under the age of 14 are required to wear a lifejacket in the Gem State.

However, St. Luke’s Health System recommends everybody wear a life jacket. Also, getting kids started early in the water is imperative, whether it’s through private lessons or at the city pool.

“It’s recommended by the age of 4 most children should be able to begin swimming lessons, but I’ve read that there is some cases they’re starting earlier than that, just being comfortable around water and knowing what to do is so important,” said Katie Barnhill, a program coordinator for St. Luke’s Children’s Injury Prevention.

Barnhill also recommends taking CPR classes.

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