Refresh your knowledge on child safety: Around the world, More than 100,000 people drown each year, so it’s best to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your family and loved ones safe around water. Keeping an eye on kids who are around water is always advised, no matter what time of year it is. Designating an adult to keep a close eye on kids during pool-related activities is a great way to know that at least someone dedicated to water and child safety is always watching.
A few additional ideas to think about for water and child safety include:
- Make sure pools and spas have secure fences around them, consider installing an alarm if the latched gate is opened, and never prop open the gate to a swimming area.
- Always have a phone outside for emergencies and don’t ever go back in the house to answer the phone or doorbell.
- Learn CPR and clearly post the steps to take in case others aren’t sure how to perform the lifesaving procedure.
- Do not rely on inflatable arm devices (floaties) or other inflatable devices as a form of supervision.
- Weak or non-swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets anytime they’re around water. Do not rely on “floaties” to keep your child afloat.
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills at an early age, though you should still never leave children unattended, no matter their skill level.
- Do not allow rough horseplay or breath-holding contests.
- Always have safety devices on hand like a ring buoy, life jackets, rope, or pole that can be used to help a person who is in trouble.
- Learn how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or drowning. They may not be splashing around yelling for help – in fact, drowning is often referred to as a silent killer since children often simply slip underwater without a sound.
- Pools aren’t the only water your family may be around: watch children around ocean shorelines, rivers, and lakes since cold temperatures, strong currents, and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
We want you and your family to safe around water. Water safety should be a priority not only this month, but every month of the year.