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Water Safety Tips

A day at the beach, boating on the lake, splashing around in the backyard pool – these are all situations that could be potentially dangerous for young or even older children.  Since many children only take swim lessons during summer, their water safety skills could be rusty, increasing the chances for a drowning incident when pool and beach season arrive again.

On average, over 3,500 people die each year from drowning, and many more are injured.  The Month of May has been declared National Drowning Prevention Month to try to raise awareness among parents so they can prepare their children for safe water fun throughout the summer.

Some helpful water safety tips to keep in mind are:

  • Teach children how to swim and how to be safe around water as early as possible.
  • Always supervise children when near the water. If necessary, install alarms on doors and windows that lead to a pool area. Instruct babysitters on water safety.
  • Keep a telephone near the pool, and make sure emergency numbers are pre-programmed and easy to access.
  • Keep a first aid kit near the pool, and bring one along if you are headed to the beach or lake. Clean and cover cuts quickly to avoid infection, and keep the swimmer out of the water if they are actively bleeding.
  • Keep toys and other kid-enticing objects away from the pool area
  • No matter how many swimming lessons your child has had, and no matter how many flotation devices are in the water, don’t assume they are safe without your supervision. Always monitor children carefully when near the water.
  • Tell your child to stay away from pool drains and pipes to avoid potential entrapment.
  • Take a CPR and/or water rescue course to empower yourself should your or another child need to be rescued.
  • Never dive headfirst while at the ocean or lake. Always check the water depth before diving.
  • Have your young child wear only U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets near the ocean. Any other type of flotation device could cause your child to drown, should he be carried out to sea by the undertow or waves.
  • Tell your child to wave and make noise if she feels she is in danger of drowning.

These are just a few reminders to keep this year’s pool season a safe one that you will surely enjoy!  Have a fantastic holiday weekend!

 

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