Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Date: June 19, 2015
DOVER (June 19, 2015) - Summer is a perfect time for a swim or to play in the water. As we move into pool and water season, the Division of Public Health (DPH) joins the Delaware Coalition for Injury Prevention to recommend a few basic rules to keep safe. Keep a constant eye on children and teens, even in places where there is a lifeguard or there is no known water body nearby. Never allow anyone - child, youth, or adult - to play in the water or swim alone. Someone should be close by at all times to help in the case of trouble.
"Water safety must include constant supervision and a buddy system," said MarySue Jones, DPH, Trauma System Coordinator. "Children are so very quick. An adult must keep his or her full attention on children at all times, even in shallow water. Summer is a fun time, and learning about water safety for your children can keep it that way and help to avoid the risk of serious injuries."
What Do I Need to Know About Water Safety at the Pool or in Natural Settings?
For more information, visit poolsafely.gov/parents-families/simple-steps-save-lives/ or dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ems/ipdrowning.html
The Coalition for Injury Prevention is a statewide organization dedicated to injury prevention and public education. Teams address prevention of specific types of injuries including drowning, falls, motor vehicle crashes, burns, violence-related injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and dog bites. Examples of partners on the drowning prevention team include Beebe Healthcare, Milford Parks and Recreation, YMCA of Delaware, the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families, the American Red Cross, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, and Sussex Central High School. Safe Kids Delaware (safekidsde.org) partners with the Coalition for Injury Prevention specifically related to childhood injury prevention.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.