On May 24 an 8-year-old boy almost drowned in the Woodcreek subdivision community swimming pool at 7:29 p.m. in Fate, according to Rockwall County Sheriff's Department Lt. David Davis.

An adult who was at the pool performed CPR on the boy, which helped save his life as paramedics transported him to a nearby hospital, Davis said.

The next day another boy who is approximately 8 years-old almost drowned at a private residence in northern Rockwall County on Annacade Road at 9:40 a.m., Davis said.

The boy was attending a pool party and was reportedly under water 30 seconds to one minute, Davis said.

He was transported to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Davis said. An adult also performed CPR on the boy at the Annacade Road incident, Davis said.

As public and neighborhood pools open, using water safety measures to ensure one doesn’t die from drowning is a must.

Whether you’re swimming in Lake Ray Hubbard or your backyard kiddie pool, remember that it only takes a few inches of water for someone to die from drowning.

First and foremost, always have an adult present to supervise children at a pool. Make sure the adult is not overwhelmened with too many children to watch.

And please don’t drink and operate a boat. There are enough idiots who do that behind the wheel of their cars who kill and injure people daily.

You may also enroll your child in a swimming class at the local YMCA. The closest one is in Rockwall and there is also one in Greenville. The City of Rockwall also offers swimming classes through its Parks and Recreation Department.

The American Red Cross’s Web site www.redcross.org offers the following basic water safety tips, along with lake, boating and home pool safety tips:

• Never swim alone;

• Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard;

• Read and obey all rules and posted signs;

• Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a United States Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water;

• Be aware if you’re too tired, too cold, are too far from safety, if there is too much sun,or of too much strenuous activity;

• Establish water safety rules for the whole family based on swimming abilities;

• Be knowledgeable of the water environment you are in and its potential hazards, such as deep and shallow areas, currents, depth charges, obstructions and where the entry and exit points are located;

• Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.

• Use a feet-first entry when entering the water;

• Enter headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions and;

• Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces the body's ability to stay warm Beer can also dehydrate the body.



Home pool safety

• Learn CPR and insist those who care for your child know CPR.

• Post CPR instructions and 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in the pool area;

• Enclose the pool completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars. Openings in the fence should be no more than four inches wide. The house should not be included as a part of the barrier;

• Never leave furniture near the fence that would enable a child to climb over the fence;

• Keep basic lifesaving equipment by the pool and know how to use it. Pole, rope, and personal flotation devices;

• Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children into the pool;

•Pool covers should always be completely removed prior to pool use;

•If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area and;

•Parents should take a CPR course. Knowing these skills can be important around the water and you will expand your capabilities in providing care

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