Summer is finally here and it’s time to enjoy the weather and relax! With temperatures rising, we’re all ready to throw on our bathing suits and head to the pool. But before you make your way to the deep end, check out these 10 tips on staying safe in the water.
- Never swim alone and always have an adult actively supervising children.
- Wear a life jacket.
- Enroll in swim lessons.
- Learn CPR. CPR saves lives and helps reduce brain damage in victims. The American Heart Association estimates approximately 92,000 people are saved by CPR in the United States each year.
- Pay attention the “No Diving” and “Shallow Area” signs.
- Know what steps to take in case of an emergency.
- Don’t allow kids to have contests to see “who can hold their breath the longest.” This can easily cause children to black out, which can lead to drowning.
- If you own a pool, have an emergency kit with a telephone, first aid kit and reaching and throwing equipment nearby.
- Avoid alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation.
- Teach your kids the importance of water safety and the proper behavior around water.
June is National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. For more information on the National Safety Council or tips on keeping your family safe, click here.
To help teach your kids the importance of water safety, click here to download a free printable water safety word search.
How will you be spending your summer?
- At the beach or lake
- By the pool
- At the water park
- Relaxing at home
- I’ll be working, of course!
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