Warm weather, picnics and barbecues, chasing fireflies, lazy, unhurried days with no school – what’s not to love about summer? This is the season when families create memories to last a lifetime. And so many of these memories are made in the water. But if you’re not careful, accidents can happen. Here are some water safety tips every parent must absolutely know. After all, you don’t want anything to dampen the summer fun!
1. Pool Safety:
- Never leave children unattended
- Teach your kids to swim
- Learn CPR
- Fence in your home pool.
- 2. OPEN WATER SAFETY:
- Swim in groups, never alone
- Keep kids within arm’s reach
- Beware of water electrocution hazards
- Stay alert to strong water currents
3. Health Safety:
Diarrhea, ear infections, rashes, and chemical irritation of the eyes can all suck the fun out of summer.
- Use well-maintained pools with adequate safety equipment and trained staff
- Teach your kids basic hygiene – shower before getting into the water and no peeing or pooping in the water!
- Kids with diarrhea should stay out of the water
- Cover any wounds with waterproof bandages or keep out until they heal
4. Water Park Safety
- Obey the rules! If your kids are not old enough or tall enough, the ride isn’t safe for them
- Don’t run between rides – it’s slippery!
- Don’t make chains of people on water slides
- Weak swimmers wear a life vest
5. Water Sports Safety
- Wear a life jacket when boating, fishing, water skiing, rafting, or jet skiing
- Stay alert to traffic! Other boats, divers, swimmers, and jet skiers are all potential hazards
- You can easily lose control at high speeds, in choppy water, or in the wake of other boats
- Practice what to do if someone falls overboard
6. Heat Safety
- Don’t forget the hat and sunscreen!
- Avoid water activities in the afternoon hours when the sun is at its hottest
- When out of the water, cover up with light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
Be aware of signs and symptoms of heat stroke
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