Stamford EMS AEMT Israel Leonardo presents safety information and teaches hands-only CPR in Spanish to a group of 30 Spanish-speaking members of the Stamford Senior Center. (contributed photo)
STAMFORD, CT - As we’re making plans to enjoy the final weeks of summer vacation, kids and families will undoubtedly take to area pools, waterparks and the beach. Stamford EMS wants to remind parents and caregivers to actively supervise children at all times when they’re in and around water.
According to the National Safety Council, roughly nine people die from unintentional drowning every day in the US, and it’s the second leading cause of death for people age 5-24.
Stamford EMS shares safety information and provides CPR classes for young students. Here, Stamford EMS Lieutenant and Academy Training Coordinator, Jessica Anderson, works with ZAC camp participants as part of advancing their knowledge of water safety. (contributed photo)
“Your undivided attention is needed when children are around water,” said Patricia Squires, Stamford EMS Chief and C.E.O. “Talking, reading or taking care of another child are distracting, and drowning can happen in a matter of minutes.”
To keep children safe around water, safety tips include teaching kids to swim, and making sure they know water survival skills. These skills include: stepping or jumping into water over their head; returning to the surface and floating or treading water for one minute; turning around in a full circle to find an exit; being able to swim 25 yards to exit the water; and exiting the water. With home pools, fences must be installed that surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
Businesses need to keep their employees safe, and many undergo CPR training as part of corporate training programs. Stamford EMS offers classes online, in our classrooms or at company locations. (contributed photo)
Knowing what to do in an emergency is imperative. Performing rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives increases the likelihood of survival. Unfortunately, an estimated 70 percent of Americans either don't know or have forgotten how to administer this lifesaving measure.
“Everyone should know CPR,” said Squires. “We offer Basic Life Support courses that cover breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants. We make the training as convenient as possible, with courses offered online, at your location or in our training academy.”
Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life. To learn more about the courses Stamford EMS offers, visit www.StamfordEMS.org or call (203) 968-1118.