Keeping Kids Safe near Water
With warmer weather just around the corner, many families are already preparing for their water play and swimming pool fun in addition to those BBQs and get-togethers. You want to have the most fun possible while the weather allows, so being around the water as much as possible is ideal. It is important to remember that water can be very dangerous for children and nothing is more important than keeping them safe.
While you’re busy preparing all of the fun, also be busy learning the tips that just might save the life of your child or another one.
First and foremost, never, under any circumstances, leave your child alone in water. Adult supervision is not optional. It takes only a matter of seconds for a child to drown.
Avoid distractions while watching children in the swimming pool or water. As awe just mentioned it takes only seconds for something terrible to happen to a child.
Enroll your child in a swimming course. There are various groups and classes available in almost all areas. These groups and classes provide training from CPR certified swimming instructors. Children as young as one can participate.
Floating devices are fun to use and certainly help keep little ones afloat but do not depend on them to protect your child as they swim. They are meant to be used as a fun prop, not a safety device.
Speaking of safety devices, make sure that your child has several of them each and every time he or she gets in the water. A life jacket is one of those items that your child should use at all times.
Have all of the necessary equipment nearby in case of an emergency. This includes a pole to throw into the pool, a cell phone, first aid kits, life jackets, etc.
Teach your child the dangers of water and that it is not a toy. Water is meant to be enjoyed but it can be dangerous if you are not careful.
Put barriers around your swimming pool and keep them secure at all times. Smaller children are usually very curious. Do not take any chances.
Learn CPR! You might just save a life.
Never allow your child to swim alone. At least two or three people should accommodate one another to the swimming pool, lake or other water hole.
With these tips in place your summer can officially begin!