Because more than 100,000 people drown each year around the world, you should make sure you’re doing everything possible so that your family and loved ones are safe around water, whether it’s Water Safety Month or not. Water safety means always keeping an eye on kids who are around water, whether you are swimming or not. Designating a particular person whose job is to keep a close eye on kids during pool-related activities is a great way to know that at least one person is always watching them. That means that person can’t take a break without someone else taking their place, though.
Here are a few more ideas to think about for water safety during Water Safety Month:
- Make sure pools are surrounded by a secure fence. You can also consider installing an alarm that blares loudly if the latched gate is opened.
- Never prop open the gate to a pool area – whether you’re at your own home, someone else’s, or at a community or apartment complex’s pool.
- Always have a phone outside by the pool for emergencies. Even if you forget it inside, don’t ever go back in the house to answer a call.
- Learn CPR and post the steps in case others aren’t sure how to perform the lifesaving procedure. These posters/signs are sometimes sold at pool accessory stores, but can also be found online as well.
- Make sure to clean up toys from around the pool in case they get blown into the pool; children may try to access the area or go in the pool in order to play with them.
- Never use inflatable arm devices (floaties) or other inflatable devices instead of adult supervision. Weak or non-swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets anytime they’re around water.
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills and rules when they’re young, then continue to reinforce them.
- Always have safety devices on hand like a ring buoy, life jackets, rope, and pole that can be used to help someone who might be in trouble.
- Learn how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or drowning. If they’re drowning, they may not actually be splashing around yelling for help.
Please stay safe around water. Water safety should always be a priority throughout the year, whether it’s Water Safety Month or not, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.