No matter the season, everyone should know the basics on water safety. Here is some information and helpful tips on how to keep you and your family safe when participating in water activities.
5 Tips on Keeping You & Your Family Safe in the Water
Every parent should be educated on water safety when it comes to their child! Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of injury-related death in ages 19 & under! Here are 5 tips on how your family can stay safe in the water this year:
- Teach & Preach! Educate children that is never ok to swim alone, even if they’re a strong swimmer. Make sure you go over basic pool & safety rules every time they go swimming.
- Always Watch your child. Don’t treat lifeguards as babysitters; save the distractions for later & give your undivided attention to your children.
- The Number 4. If you have a pool at home, make sure you have a 4-sided fence, at least 4 feet high.
- Ensure their safety. According to the CDC, children between the ages of 1-4, who are enrolled in formal swim lessons, are 88% less likely to drown!
- Check your Floaties. There are a TON of floatation devices out there for kids. Most of these are very unsafe, including
inflatable water wings, bubbles, and suits with floats in them. Here at the club we ask that if floatation devices are used in our pools that they are US Coast Guard certified. There is often a printed portion on the back of the device that tells you whether or not devices are USCG approved. The USCG approved floatation devices always ensure (as long as they are worn properly) that the wearer will be held in an upright position in the water, and they secure snugly to the wearer to make sure they don’t slip out.