Summer Safety Tips: Water Activities
With summer almost upon it, the pools, beaches, lakes, and rivers are calling. But before you family hits the water, take the time to brush up on some basic safety tips for water activities to make sure that everyone has a fun, safe summer. Here are just a few.
Use the buddy system
Even the most experienced swimmer can get into trouble. Use the buddy system, even in a lifeguarded area.
Never leave a young child unattended near water
Our little ones are fast, and can be in the water before we know it. Make sure that someone is watching the children at all times. If you have to step away, either put another adult in charge for a few minutes or take the children with you.
Protect your skin
Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen or sun-protective clothing when out in the sun. Even on the overcast days when the sun is hiding a bit you can get burned, so be prepared.
Use life jackets
If your children are inexperienced swimmers, make them wear a life jacket. While it should not be relied on exclusively for water safety, it can provide enough support to keep a child afloat until help can arrive.
Establish rules, and enforce them
While it may not make you the most popular parent in the pack, enforcing rules around water can save a child’s life. Make sure that the rules are tailored to each child’s abilities, keep children away from drains and suction fittings, and don’t allow children to play games such as “see who can hold their breath the longest under water”.
While these rules may seem overly simplistic, remember…it takes less than 2 minutes under water for a child to lose consciousness and less than five to sustain permanent brain damage. Swim responsibly!