Summer is here which means more time at pools, the beach, and the lake! It is so important to learn about water safety. Children, as well as weak swimmers of any age, can drown in the time it takes to read a text or even apply sunscreen.
Did you know that drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of death in the United States? About ten people die from unintentional drowning every single day, this is why water safety is crucial – especially for children under the age of 14 years old. Below are safety tips to keep in mind as you go about your summer. Even if you don’t have a child, you could be somewhere where these tips could save someone’s life!
- Never swim alone
- Stay within arm’s reach near any body of water
- Empty buckets, baths, wading pools after each use
- Start swim lessons early!
- Always wear a life vest
- Learn CPR and rescue techniques
Know What to Do in an Emergency:
- If a child is missing, check the water first!
- Alert a lifeguard, if one is present
- Recognize the signs that someone is in trouble including no forward progress in water, vertical but unable to move, or motionless
- Rescue and remove the person from the water
- Ask someone to call an EMS. If alone, give two minutes of care, then call EMS
- Begin rescue breathing and CPR
Other Resources for Children Learning to Swim:
WHALE Tales: Longfellow the Whale helps kids learn to “Do your part, be water smart!”. Watch short, engaging age-appropriate videos that teach the importance of water safety.
Safe Kids Worldwide: Swim safety tips, facts, and resources from babies 0-12 months to teens 15-19 years old.
Pool Safely: Education videos and activities to help your children learn about pool safety and fun in the water.