Summer recreational activities, like swimming, can be a lot of fun—especially when it’s hot outside. We all need a reminder now and then to never take water safety, especially with our kids, for granted. It’s always smart to go through a safety check-list before diving right in….to the water! View safety checklist.
Here are a few tips we recommend before you go:
ALWAYS supervise your kids when they are in the water. Parents are experts at multi-tasking, but when it comes to supervision and safety, it takes all eyes on deck! Put those cell phones, magazines, or summer reads away and watch the waterworks in front on you!
Swimming in a pool is a lot different than the ocean, rivers, and lakes. Undertows, currents, and murky objects are not always visible. Know the territory and never let anyone swim alone. The Buddy System is the BEST system, even for older swimmers.
Swimming Aids, like kickboards, noodles, and inflatable arm rings, are not safety devices. They do not replace common sense, lifejackets, and skillful ability. Make sure that learning how to swim is a skill taught early on and practiced often, so that a child has confidence and experience in a variety of situations.
Know some practical first aid in case of emergency. Just as swimming is a learned skill, so is performing first aid when needed. It’s a skill that will last a lifetime—and maybe save a life. CPR classes and training are offered at local hospitals, fire stations, and recreation departments. Remember: Time is of the essence in drowning and water accidents. And that first-responder just might be YOU!
If you are diving—always check the depth of the water first. Stay away from areas that have danger signs posted. Injuries and needless tragedies can be avoided by doing these simple tasks first.
Wear sunscreen. Water is not a barrier to the UV rays from the sun and we can easily burn even while we’re in the water. So lather on that sunscreen and make sure to reapply often.
Setting a good example of how to behave responsibly around water is a great way to protect kids from potential dangers. Everyone can have a wonderful time in the water with just a few steps to ensure health and safety. View additional pool safety tips.
Check out this article for additional safety tips when boating: Boating Safety
If you or someone you love has been injured swimming or in an accident on the water, don’t hesitate to contact Fielding Law Group today for help.
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