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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Water Safety Myths

*From Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle

Myth #5
Alcohol improves a good time on the water.

This myth has been created by alcohol advertising.  Drinking affects judgment and motor skills in a boat or by a pool just as it does in a car.  It slows reactions, making adults and teens victims of silent drowning.  It can also increase the risk of hypothermia or cardiac arrest.  When boating, a no-alcohol rule is important for both the driver and passengers.

Myth #6
I've taken first-aid and CPR, so I can rescue my child.
CPR and first-aid skills don't replace adult supervision, life vests, swimming skills and water safety awareness.  It only takes 5 minutes under water to have brain damage, a cardiac arrest or even to die.

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