Water Safety Month

May is National Water Safety Month. Let’s be sure your child has a safe summer in the water.

Swimming Lessons

Learning to swim is the most important measure one can take to be safe in the water. If you are an inexperienced swimmer, you should wear a floatation device.

Make a point to enroll your child in swimming lessons during Water Safety Month. Your local YMCA and Red Cross are great resources for learning to swim.

Pool Water Safety

If you have a pool at your home, make it safe. Install a locking fence around your pool or spa to prevent access. As an added safety measure, install a pool alarm that is activated if a child falls into the pool. Lastly, always provide adult supervision when children are playing in or around the pool.

Ocean Water Safety

Spending the day at the beach playing in the water is a favorite summertime activity. If possible, always swim in lifeguarded areas as they are consistently watching for swimmers in trouble and trained in water rescue. Teach your kids about rip currents and to swim parallel to the shore if caught in one until they are free of it. Teach your kids to enter the ocean by shuffling their feet to prevent stepping on a stingray. As with the pool, always have adult supervision.

Other Water Safety Tips

  • Never swim alone.
  • Wear water-resistant sunscreen and reapply frequently. The reflection off of the water can increase the risk of sunburn.
  • Watch the weather. It doesn’t matter if it is a pool or natural body of water, get out at the first sign of thunder or lightning. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough for a lightning strike.
  • Learn CPR in case of an emergency. You could save a drowning victim at the pool or beach or a heart attack victim anywhere.
  • Don’t let your kids hold underwater breath-holding contests as it could cause drowning.

While summer tends to have more water activities, these water safety tips apply year-round. We want your family to have fun at the pool or beach, but do it safely. If your child does experience a near-drowning, call 911 and get immediate attention then follow up with your pediatrician.