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Brenna started writing for this blog September of 2017.

Some Tip For Summer Swimming Safety

August 08, 2018

Swimming is the most popular summertime activity but safety is vital, particularly for children.

One of the best things you can do for your family is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. However, swimming lessons are not the only step to take to keep children safe around and in water.

The American Red Cross offers the following tips to keep kids and adults safe while swimming:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person's ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.

Preventing access to pools and hot tubs is also important. Installing barriers around your outdoor pools and spas is a key first step. Make sure they enclose the entire pool area, at least 40feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of reach of small children.

For above-ground pools, the Red Cross advises removing access ladders and using secure covers whenever the pool is not in use.

A little focus on safety now, can spare you the trauma later.



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