Whether it’s at a corner pool, lake, ocean, or your own backyard, outdoor swimming is truly one of America’s great past times. But it’s also one fraught with inherent risks and dangers. And yet with a few basic – yet important – safety precautions, you can help ensure the time your family spends by the water this season is filled with nothing but fun.
- Avoid multi-tasking or doing anything that takes your attention away from your kids, even for a minute, while they are in or around water.
- Even if your older kids are excellent swimmers, make sure they swim with a buddy or are watched by a responsible adult.
- Never swim while under the influence of alcohol or medications that could make you dizzy or lethargic.
- If you have a pool, secure it with a minimum 4-feet-tall fence that has a self-closing and self-latching gate that children cannot open easily.
- Ditch the cute character floaties and invest in a snug-fitting, Coast Guard approved life vest for your child.
- From a young age, teach your child how to behave around water: never run around or push others near a pool, leave the water at the first sign of thunder or lightening, and talk to a lifeguard or other adult in the event of an emergency.
- Understand that someone who is drowning or in distress in the water rarely looks like they do in the movies. Drowning is often silent, so don’t assume because their arms are not flailing that they do not need help.
At Conway Services, personal safety is always at the top of our priority list. In fact, you find many more safety-related blogs by searching through our archives.