Most children are drawn to water. It's fun to splash. It's inviting and sparkly. But water safety is no laughing matter. Anyone can have a water-related accident — even children who know how to swim. To keep your children safe in and near the water, follow these tips below!
- Never swim alone. Children should be supervised at all times by a parent. Remember it is the lifeguards job to enforce rules, scan, rescue, and resuscitate. It is a parents responsibilty to supervise. Even the most proficient swimmers should swim with a buddy.
- Get quality swim lessons for your child. American Academy of Pediatrics says most children 4 and older can learn how to swim.
- If you have a home pool fence it in, cover it, and supervise! Also, install alarms on the house door that leads to a pool area, invest in a floating pool alarm and or underwater pool alarm.
- Beware of drains. Do not allow children to play near or sit on a pool or hot tub drain. Drains have strong suction and can entrap children.
- Wear a life jacket when boating, fishing, tubing, or playing on a dock.
- NEVER dive into shallow water.