Summer is on the horizon which means that water play is, too. From beaches to backyard swimming pools, kids of all ages will be getting wet — as they should. My greatest childhood memories revolve around boogie boarding at the beach and swimming until my toes shriveled. However, as a parent, I worry about water safety constantly.
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Because you should never rely on your child’s floatation device to keep them completely safe, here are some water safety tips based on what the American Red Cross also recommends. We know most of these things already, but it probably doesn’t hurt to hear them again in case you need to recall info quickly in an emergency.
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15 Ways To Keep Kids Safe Around Water
1. Hire a lifeguard. Though this may sound ridiculous, we have been to a few house parties lately with lifeguards in attendance even if the kids’ activities are nowhere near the pool. The parents have taken the “better be safe than sorry” motto to heart, and swear that the cost outweighs the potential risk.
2. Keep a phone nearby. If you have a backyard pool, consider installing a landline within quick reach, in case of emergency. This avoids time wasted by fumbling for a cell phone.
3. Learn CPR. Though I have taken EMT courses and ridden in ambulances, it’s always good to brush up on lifesaving skills like CPR for adults and children. I could use a refresher, definitely.
4. Eyes on the children at all times. Yes, it’s hard, and probably not realistic for every second, but seconds is all it takes for an accident to turn fatal.
5. If a child goes missing in the home, check the backyard pool first.
6. When at the beach, stay within visibility of the lifeguard.
7. Avoid murky water. Are you on a lake vacation? Make sure that wherever you spend the day has clear water so you can see in the event of an accident.
8. Enroll the kids in swim lessons. Parents should also be water-safe. However, it doesn’t matter what level of a swimmer your child is–always stay vigilant.
9. Keep pool toys safely stored. Abandoned pool toys can draw young kids to the pool. To avoid the temptation, store them away from the pool.
10. Post emergency instructions and phone numbers. Make sure this information is clearly visible in your pool area.
11. Put a fence around your pool. The American Red Cross believes that pool fencing should not have openings of more than 4 inches and that the gate should be self-closing so that no one accidentally leaves it open. Furniture should be kept away from the fence so that no one can climb over it.
12. Floatation devices and toys are not substitutes for parental supervision. Period.
13. If using a pool cover, it should be completely secured or completely removed. A half-open pool cover could hide a drowning child.
14. Make rules. Whether it’s the beach, pool, lake or water park, have your kids agree to follow a set of safety rules that you establish. It could be that they go only knee deep, keep you in eyesight, or whatever you feel is safe for your circumstances.
15. No swimming if they’re too tired. Overcommitted seems to be our motto these days. It’s important for me to gauge how tired she is before allowing her near water. She’ll never tell–it’s up to me to decide.
Benefits Of The Stearns® Puddle Jumper® Life Jacket
My daughter is a bit too big now for the Puddle Jumper but I would have purchased it for her if I would have known about it.
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