Five Water Safety Tips

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Kids love to swim - it’s one of the most popular summer activities. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous. According to the CDC, drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental deaths, and people under 14 make up about 20 percent of these deaths.

It’s easy to be frightened by these statistics, but it’s important to remember that these deaths are preventable if you practice proper water safety. Here are five tips.

Watch Them

Never leave your kids unattended near water, whether they’re swimming, bathing, or in any other situation where they could be at risk of drowning. If you’re at a family gathering or other event where it’s easy to get distracted, make sure someone is paying attention.

Take Lessons

Once your child is ready, you should consider enrolling them in swim classes. The Red Cross can help you find lessons in your area taught by certified instructors. If you don’t know how to swim, you should learn too.

Remember, you still have to watch your children even if they know how to swim. Kids (and adults) of all skill levels can still be at risk of drowning.

Set Clear Boundaries

Make sure your kids understand that safety is important. This includes setting some common-sense ground rules, such as no horseplay, no breath-holding contests, and no risky behavior. It also helps to set a time limit, so they’ll avoid tiring themselves out.

Have The Proper Safety Equipment

Invest in some Coast Guard-approved lifejackets and other floatation devices. These are especially helpful when kids are learning how to swim and can’t keep themselves above water. Note that water wings are not designed to prevent drowning.

Learn CPR

Learning CPR and some basic water rescue skills could make all the difference in an emergency. You can find classes in your area at the Red Cross website, and they also offer an online pool safety course.  

How do you keep your kids safe in water? Let us know in the comments below.

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