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Cultural Care Au Pairs Learn Water Safety

Red Cross teaches au pairs how to better protect children

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Greenwich, CT | Added on June 11, 2014 At 02:55 PM

The weather is heating up, meaning more pool time and beach visits. The American Red Cross teamed up with Cultural Care Au Pairs to help keep kids safe this summer. 

"It's basically to tell the children and the au pairs the dangers of the water. Because the summer months are coming up, we thought it would be a great time now to get in the water and show them exactly what the dos and don'ts are of water safety" said Lee Anna Whitely, the Cultural Care Au Pairs Regional Development Consultant. 

"It's important because drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional death among children under the age of 14. Often times in those tragedies, those events could have been prevented. Some of the most important tips are learn how to swim, and learn how to swim well," said American Red Cross Volunteer Angela Reeve. 

Other tips include wearing a Coast Guard approved lifejacket and teaching children who the lifeguard is, and where he or she is located. A demonstration was done to show kids and au pairs how to safely save someone in the water. 

"I learned to call for help. I would have thought to throw the toy first, or the floating device. It's good to know to yell for help first. It was a really good lesson," said au pair Jemma Purdon. 

"We run safety meetings at Cultural Care for the au pairs, and we just want to make a real awareness that the au pairs would know what to do in case of an emergency," said Whitely. 

"Knowing some simple and safe tips on how to keep your family safe around the water can make the difference between a wonderful summer enjoyed with family, or a tragedy," Reeve said. 

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