Pool safety tips

Pool safety tips


Akron Children’s Hospital offers pool safety tips.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, drowning is the second leading cause of death of children age 1 to 19 and more than 1,000 children drown annually in the United States in lakes, pools and boating accidents. AAP recommends swimming classes for children 4 and older.

Water safety tips include:

Never assume swimming lessons make a child “drown proof” or leave a child near a pool unattended; supervise children under 5 within arm’s length; teach children to swim with a buddy; enclose a pool with a safety fence at least 4 feet high with slats no more than 4 inches apart and that has a gate with a childproof latch; learn CPR and post CPR instructions in the pool area; have a phone nearby to call 9-1-1 in an emergency; don’t use air-filled swimming aids as a substitute for adult supervision; never allow children to dive into an above-ground pool and check the water depth before allowing them to dive into an in-ground pool; establish pool rules and post them near the pool; don’t allow running or horseplay around the pool; don’t allow diving in an above-ground pool; and empty kiddie pools and store them out of reach when not in use.

Easy Yoga classes


Dawn Perhacs will teach Easy Yoga from 11 a.m. to noon every Monday in June at St. Joe’s at the Mall, a community outreach of St. Joseph Health Center located in Eastwood Mall next to Sears. Classes are free for SilverSneakers members and $20 a month for non-members.

Amy Plant will teach a Chair Yoga class for SilverSneakers from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in June, also at St. Joe’s at the Mall. Classes are free to the public.

For information, call 330-652-7542.

Walk With a Doc


St. Joe’s at the Mall, a community outreach of St. Joseph Health Center, is offering JustWalk/¢, a Walk With a Doc program, on June 5. Registration is at 7:45 a.m. The walk starts at 8 a.m. St. Joe’s at the Mall is in Eastwood Mall near Sears. The program is free to the public.

Walkers are offered a walk with Dr. Adam Cash, plastic surgeon, and other health care professionals who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk.

To register, call 330-652-7542.

Verified again as a trauma center


St. Joseph Health Center has been re-verified as a Level III trauma center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

Child immunization


The Niles City Health Department, 34 W. State St., is offering immunization clinics for children from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. June 4 and 18.

No appointment is needed and no one will be refused service because of inability to pay. Children should feel well with no illness, fever or rash. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Immunization records are required.

For information, call 330-544-9000, ext. 163.

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