Summer Water SafetyJune 19, 2014
By Noralba Martinez
The first day of summer is almost here. The weather is heating up and our kids love to be around water to play, cool off, or simply hang out. Children love to go to pools, rivers, and beaches. While these are great places for your family to swim, it’s important to take safety precautions to prevent water accidents.
- Never leave your child unattended in or near water even if there is a lifeguard on duty. Assign an adult who knows how to swim to watch your child while you are occupied. Never leave a child responsible for another child in water.
- Get certified in CPR and first aid by the American Red Cross. In a worst-case scenario, you may be able to save someone’s life.
- Be close to your child (at least an arm’s length) when in the water. Remember that beaches and rivers have currents and are unpredictable. You want to be close enough to be an immediate aid to your child if needed.
- Be extra careful and always use a life vest, floaties, or foam swimwear as an extra precaution. Do not rely only on the swim gear to protect your child in water. The best practice is to use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Establish clear rules before going near or in water, keeping everyone’s safety in mind. Stick by these rules and follow through with consequences if the rules are broken so your kids respect them.
- Swim classes are great to teach yourself and your child to swim as an additonal safety precaution. Search for affordable swim classes in your area, like at the local YMCA.
As a parent and caregiver, know that accidents can be prevented if you are careful when your children are near or in water.