Swimming is the most popular summer activity. It’s easy to make it safe too with these tips in mind for peace of mind.
Whether you’re taking the family out for a swim or entertaining guests poolside, there are things to consider. Even if a child or adult knows how to swim, it is best to follow safety rules to prevent accidents, and for everyone to enjoy their summer having fun. For peace of mind, here are a few tips recommended by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance:
It is recommended that parents rotate roles as “Water Watcher,” who should not be allowed to socialize, read, check phone, etc… If parents rotate through in 15 minute intervals, it is easier to keep fresh and focused.
Floaties are often meant to assist your learning-to-swim kiddos, and not meant to keep them afloat with their heads up and out of the water. The U.S. Coast Guard approves life jackets for this purpose, but store bought floaties are not a substitute.
Yup, you need to be in the pool with them.
Here are other tips to consider:
Throw the floaties away.
Deckside Pool services communities in Orange County and wants us to share this info from handtevy.com, a Pediatric Emergency Standards group. “…(Floaties) give children (and parents) a false sense of security, and that is not something you want while you child is in the water.”
Additional water safety resources:
Learn the ABC's of Water Safety
Watch the Orange County Fire Authority's video on Drowning Prevention (video)
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