Beware of water dangers this Easter

EDITOR – It is holiday time again and people are flocking to dams, rivers, beaches and swimming pools to have fun and cool down.

Paramedics and hospital staff had to work fervently to save the life of a two-year-old little girl after she drowned in a dam on Tuesday, 4 April.

This is becoming too common a call that paramedics have to deal with.

Take care when you go to any water hole for a day of fun.

Paramedics recommend that children do not swim without supervision, and always make sure you know where the children are, as they can disappear in the blink of an eye.

When you are at the beach, only swim in the demarcated areas set out by the lifeguards and do not drink alcohol while you are about to swim or at the beach.

Do not dive into a body of water when you cannot see the bottom, as it could lead to severe spinal injuries if you hit your head on an object that is submerged in the water.

Also ensure your swimming pools are covered and fenced off, so that children do not land up in the pool unnoticed.

Netcare 911 media liaison officer, Chris Botha


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