Summer is the time for children and families to enjoy the warm weather in local lakes and pools. While swimming and boating can be a fun activity, it can also lead to dangerous and potentially deadly situations if safety precautions are ignored. Here are some water safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this summer.
Always swim with a buddy – Swimming alone can increase the risk of injury or drowning. Always have your kids bring a friend with them whenever they swim, even in a public pool.
Wear lifejackets – Whenever on a boat, be sure everyone aboard is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, especially children and inexperienced swimmers.
Don’t swim or boat under the influence – Alcohol impairs judgment when swimming or operating equipment, including boats and other water recreational equipment. Avoiding alcohol usage will keep you, your family, and everyone around you safe.
Install barriers around your pool – If you have a pool or hot tub at your home, install barriers around it to prevent your kids from accidentally falling in and getting injured.
Have your kids attend swimming lessons – Get your kids comfortable in water by enrolling them in swimming lessons offered in your community. By having them attend these lessons, they will be able to support themselves better in the water.
Supervise your kids near water – The most important rule regarding water safety is to keep an eye on your kids when they are near water. It only takes a split second for them to slip into a pool and become injured, so avoid any accidents by monitoring them.
Use these water safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer and enjoying your water-related activities.