With the heat of the summer in full swing, one of the best and most fun ways to cool off is to enjoy a pool or the lake. However, when approaching water at any age, it is critical to know and observe safety tips to ensure everyone has a fun and safe experience.
Teach young children how to swim and water safety tips as early as possible.
Never leave a young child unattended in the water.
Never assume someone else is watching your child in or around water, even for a few seconds.
Floats, life vests, etc are great in helping to keep kids safe. However, they are not a substitute for adult supervision.
Learn CPR and teach the procedures to all older children and adults in the family.
If you have a backyard pool, make sure there is secured access to the pool so a young child cannot accidentally wander into the pool area.
Keep a first-aid kit poolside.
Maintain constant visual contact anytime a young child is or around water.
Have regular water safety check-ins with your children to remind them of the safety tips while swimming.
Enroll your children in swim lessons.
Install door or gate alarms for access points around your pool to alert you if opened.
Maintain proper pool maintenance.
Teach children to stay away from drains, skimmer boxes, pipes, etc.
Keep a phone close by and easily accessible when your family is using a pool, spa or on the lake.
“http://www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org/water-safety-tips”, National Water Safety Month.