Water activities can be a great way to escape the heat, but safety is also important. Following simple rules for the water can allow you and your family to have a fun and safe summer.
Teaching children the fundamentals of swimming allows them to acquire the skills and knowledge of water safety. Therefore, enroll your family in age-appropriate swim lessons, such as Red Cross water orientation or learn-to-swim courses.
Establish rules for your family. At public pools, children should always swim with others and check if there is a lifeguard on duty. They should also ask permission to go near water and wear life jackets to stay safe. Life jackets are especially important to wear while on a boat.
If you own a pool, ensure that barriers enclose the entire pool area with gates that can prevent a young child from entering the pool unattended. Remove access ladders when the above-ground pool is not in use. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water—seconds count in preventing death or disability.
If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.