Check Out These Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe in and Around Water!
In preparation the day of the sea or an evening by the pool, water safety may not be the first thing that comes to mind, unless you are supervising children. According to Center for Disease Control and PreventionDrowning is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and four We know that when it comes to children, safety should be a priority. To help spread the word, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on ways to teach your children how to stay safe indoors and outdoors. water. Keep reading to find out more.
Swimming Safety: The Essentials
It is important to realize that parents and guardians plays an important role in protecting our children from drowning and other water-related hazards. Knowing how to avoid such situations is one big step towards the goal. Follow these tips to prepare yourself and your children for being in and around water:
● Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). You can learn more and register for a class through your community Red Cross.
● Teach children to float before they start swimming.
● Sign children up for swimming lessons as soon as possible. According to EDC (Education Development Center)learning to swim reduces the chance of drowning by about 88%.
● Do not leave children unattended. Teach children to always wait for an adult before entering or approaching a waterfall.
● Remind children to always swim with a friend, preferably a trusted adult.
● Use only US Coast Guard approved life jackets. It is best to avoid “water wings” and other floating devices because they can slip out of a child’s hands, leaving them unprotected.
● Teach children about diving feet first, as serious injuries can occur from diving into unknown waters.
● Try it water warm up before entering any water, as jumping into very cold water can cause shock.
● Always keep a phone close at hand, no matter where you or your children are swimming so that you can contact emergency services at short notice.
● Remind children not to enter public water when there is no lifeguard present.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
While there are safety precautions you and your children can take, the place you choose to swim can have a big impact on your safety. Include these additional tips in your water safety discussion before your next trip pool:
● Always follow the posted safety rules.
● Check any signs around the pool, including signs indicating the depth of the water.
● Stay away from pool drains. Hair, legs, and clothing can get caught in the wrong drain.
● Apply first aid/security share with your children and explain what each item should be used for.
● Teach children to put all pool toys away when not in use. This can reduce the risk of other children entering the water unsupervised to retrieve them.
● If you have a pool your garden, you may consider installing a security alarm that will set off the property upon entry. You will want to teach your children what to do alarm it sounds, so if they hear it, they can call for help.
● For above-ground and in-ground pools, make sure the facility has proper locks and barriers.
Swimming Safety Tips for Natural Bodies of Water
As with swimming pools, natural waters such as rivers, lakes, and oceans will come with their own safety hazards. Teach your children to avoid accidents with these extras
● Always swim close to lifeguards and stay where you can be seen.
● Always stay in the designated swimming pool.
● Pay attention to signs and notices in the area.
● Do not swim in contaminated water.
● Know and understand your limits as a swimmer. Swimming in open water is a very different situation than in a swimming pool. Cold water and waves can create dangerous conditions that can be difficult for even the strongest swimmer.
● Don’t go far from the beach and know the waves.
● Recommend wearing a life jacket at all times, even when wearing it a boat.
● Teach children not to lean over the edge of any boat, especially if the boat is moving.
● Always check the weather before diving.
● Take breaks in your swim so you don’t get tired. Get out of the water if you start to feel it cool, tired, or hungry.
Learn How to Respond to Water-Related Events
Knowledge is key when it comes to keeping our children safe in and around the water. Educating children at an early age, as well as educating yourself about what to do in an emergency, can go a long way life and death.
● Reach for or throw a safety flotation device to help a person in distress in the water. Avoid going into the water alone as you may find yourself in it again.
● If a child is in need, always check for water first. Alert a lifeguard if available.
● Learn to recognize signs of a drowned person or in trouble and call for help.
● Contact emergency personnel immediately if needed.
● Learn how to use CPR.
One of the most important things you can do when teaching your child about water safety is to clearly explain why it is important to follow it. Be sure to sit down with your family before any water-related trip to review the rules and safety precautions. We know that your family safety is very important. For more information on how to keep your children safe when you’re out and about, check out the link below.