Important Tips for Water Safety
Most people can agree, playing in the water can be a lot of fun! Please read over some important safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe when enjoying water play and sports.
- Learn how to Swim-this is important for adults, and any children you may have. There are both public and private swimming classes. You can contact your local YMCA or American Red Cross.
- Learn CPR and get re-certified every 2 years. Learning proper CPR can help safe someone in a drowning event.
- Children, even when they know how to swim-are not drown proof. A child should always have adult supervision without distraction.
- When choosing a swim school/swim camp for a child, it is important to ask about lifeguard certifications, how often are the lifeguards trained, can they perform CPR properly, is there an emergency phone on the pool deck, etc.
- In open water while boating, rafting, kayaking or canoeing, always wear a proper fitting life jacket. All life jackets should have a label “Coast Guard Approved”. Child’s water wings are not meant as a safety flotation device. Children should be put in proper life jackets.
- For Pool Birthday parties in private homes-consider hiring a lifeguard for added supervision.
- When swimming at a beach, always be aware and alert for rip currents. Rip currents cannot always be detected. If choosing to swim at a beach, always choose one that has lifeguards present.
- Never dive head first in shallow water
- Avoid alcohol when swimming and boating. In approximately 50% of drowning, alcohol is involved.
- Do not swim or use hot tubs alone.
- Do not leave children unattended in a bath tub. Almost 80% of toddler drownings occur in bath tubs.