Summer just wouldn’t be the same without a nice sandy beach or the cool splash of a pale blue pool. But there's a serious side to playing in and around water that deserves a great deal of respect, especially among children.
These tips can help to reduce the risk of drowning and keep everyone safe around water.
Keep an eye out. Keep you kids within arm’s reach while they are in water, and resist the temptations to become distracted when keeping watch over them.
Teach your children well. Consider an investment in swimming lessons for your children, and always encourage them to ask your permission before they go near water.
Keep your pool fenced in. Plant a barrier around your pool to discourage small children from approaching or entering the pool without supervision.
Stay in safe waters. Pay close attention to beach hazard signs, and be sure to swim in populated areas staffed by a lifeguard. Check the weather on the news for information on tide activity.
Life jackets are a must. Everyone should wear a life jacket when boating, while children and inexperienced swimmers should wear them anytime they’re around a pool or the ocean.
Don't swim alone. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned swimmer, it’s always safer to swim with a partner.
Sources: American College of Emergency Physicians; American Red Cross; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention