Our family spends a lot of time outdoors during the summer months. We spend a great deal of that time around the water. My in-laws have a pool and we are there several times a week, they also take the boys fishing quite often. We have a friend who lives on a lake where we go kayaking and fishing several times during the summer as well. So water safety is very important.
9 Important Water Safety Tips
Start With Swimming Lessons. Water is fun, and my boys are a couple of fish. Water safety starts with swimming lessons and children as young as three can start learning the rules for staying safe when near the water. Swimming lessons will also teach them how to be in the water safely.
Use Water Safety And Floatation Devices Wisely. If you are going out on the water, then your child needs a properly fitting life jacket. If it’s the wrong size your child can slip out or even worse it can flip them over and make them go face down in the water. Always test it out, in the water, don’t just assume it will fit properly.
Arm floaties and an inflatable ring are also great for the little ones. It will help keep them above water while giving them a little freedom to slash and swim. You will want to make sure that you give your child some time in the water without these water safety devices otherwise they may not understand that it is the floaties keeping them above water and that they are not just naturally that buoyant.
Adult Supervision Is A Must. In our family each adult is assigned one child to keep track of. That way each kid has an adult buddy. We of course keep our eyes on all the kids, but having one assigned child makes water safety a little easier. Should we need to leave we always let another adult know and specifically ask them to keep an eye on our assigned child.
Stay Alert. It’s easy to get distracted with adult conversation. But it only takes a second for water fun to turn dangerous or even deadly. You must stay alert to what is going on around you.
Know What Drowning Looks Like. Unlike the movies or what you may have seen on TV drowning victims don’t thrash about franticly screaming for help. Know the signs of drowning and take action immediately. I will have these signs outlined for you in tomorrow’s post, Drowning Is A Silent Killer, so make sure you check back.
Learn CPR. When my children were born we were given child CPR lessons before we were allowed to leave the hospital. Before the boys were born I was certified in both adult and child CPR. I’m still certified, through refresher courses, today. While I’ve never had to use it, I’m glad I’ll know what to do if we ever needed it.
Have A First Aid Kit On Hand. A simple first aid kit can contain bandages, gauze and tape, ointment, Tylenol, and a CPR mask. It would be a good idea to also keep sunscreen and bug spray on hand as well. While you hope you don’t ever have to use it, it’s nice to know it is there.
Know Your Location. The fastest way for 9-1-1 to respond to your emergency is if you know exactly where you are. You need to be able to give them an address, or the name of the lake or beach you are at and a general location to give them as well.
Take Your Cell Phone. I know many people think water and sand near my cell phone, no thank you! But what if it could save your life? Or someone else life? To me, not having it when you absolutely need it is a frightening thought.
Spending time in and around the water this summer can be a lot of fun! Following these water safety tips will help ensure a great experience for everyone!
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