How to spot -- and handle -- secondary drowning

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How to Spot Secondary Drowning

KTLA- It's pool season all year long here in Southern California but as summer approaches, parents are warned to stay vigilant since the CDC shows accidental drowning is the number one cause of death in children under 4.

Our Lynette Romero dives in to a little-known danger called secondary drowning, how to spot it, and what you need to know that could save a child's life. Plus, the infant swimming lessons that can give you a piece of mind around the pool.

For more information on Infant Self Rescue classes go to www.lawaterbabies.com

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How to spot -- and handle -- secondary drowning
Going to the beach is a fun summer activity, but it can also be dangerous! Click through the slideshow to learn how you and your family can stay safe and have fun at the beach this summer.
Know your swimming abilities, and don't push yourself to swim farther out than you are comfortable with.
Lifeguards are usually on duty from 9 am until 6 pm, so make sure to only swim between those hours.

Be careful of the sea life around you. Most fish are harmless, but steer clear of jellyfish and other aquatic life that can be more unpredictable.

To learn how to treat a jellyfish sting, click here.

Always swim with a buddy, so that if anything happens while you are swimming, there is another person to help you or get a lifeguard if necessary.
Pay attention to areas that have a strong current. There will be signs marking these areas, so consciously look for them before going for a swim.
If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the beach, while conserving as much energy as possible.
Enjoy an alcoholic beverage AFTER you go for a swim. Swimming intoxicated is much more dangerous, as you are less aware of your surroundings and unable to respond quickly to dangerous situations.
Holes in the sand are not uncommon, so you want to be careful when running or playing games on the beach. An accidental slip into a hole can result in a twisted ankle or worse.
It's easy to get dehydrated when you're out in the sun for long periods of time, so be sure to bring water with you and hydrate throughout the day.
Getting a tan is nice, but be sure to apply sunscreen regularly at the beach to avoid bad sunburns and possible skin cancer.
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