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White Plains YWCA Offers Tips On Keeping Kids Safe Around Water

The White Plains YWCA suggests adults help teach their children the importance of knowing basic swimming skills. Photo Credit: Madlena Pesheva
A responsible adult always should be around when children are playing in water, the White Plains YWCA says. Photo Credit: Madlena Pesheva
The White Plains YWCA will be offering swimming lessons for children and adults throughout the summer. Photo Credit: Madlena Pesheva

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – With the summer now in full swing, the White Plains YWCA has released a list of tips that all families should adhere to as they keep kids safe around water.

No parent or guardian wants to see a child injured or even worse, as Center of Disease Control statistics note drowning is the top cause of injury and death for children between the ages 1-4 and second highest for children in the age range of 1-14.

White Plains YWCA Aquatic Director Roxanne Skeene put it simply: “We need to ensure our children are safe around water.”

She said these tips will help parents and guardians realize that "they play a key role in protecting their children from drowning."

Things to remember are:

  • Make sure there is a responsible adult watching children in and around the water.
  • Life jackets are required, even if children know how to swim. This is particularly important when enjoying lakes or oceans.
  • Remember, Water Wings and toys that float aren't designed to be safety devices.
  • Know CPR.
  • Make sure children know basic swimming skills, including being able to float and tread water.

If you're interested in having a child take lessons, the YWCA will be having multiple classes throughout the summer for all age groups.

More information is available by calling the White Plains YWCA Aquatic Office at (914) 949-6227, ext. 152.

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