5 Water Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know

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As the mercury rises in your thermometer, pools, ponds, and lakes become a welcome respite from sweltering heat. When you and your family decide to spend a day in and on the water, it’s important to keep certain safety rules in mind. Here are five water safety tips every parent should know before heading to the water this summer.

  1. Never leave your child near water unsupervised. They could fall in without someone there to help. Adults should ALWAYS pay complete attention while children play . It only takes a few minutes for a child to run into trouble while playing near the pool.
  2. If your child does not know how to swim or is a weak swimmer, make sure they wear a personal flotation device. When your child does hit the pool or lake, make sure they have a personal flotation device until they have become a strong swimmer on their own.
  3. If you have a pool, make sure it has fencing to keep children from playing in or near it unsupervised. If you own your own pool, make sure you set up proper fencing with a lockable gate to keep out animals, or children.
  4. Keep rescue equipment near the pool. When you go to a pool, make sure there is rescue equipment nearby before you let your kids get in the water. If you own a pool, keep rescue equipment handy in case of emergency, life preservers and inner tubes are good examples of equipment you should have handy.
  5. Have an emergency plan. Put a plan in place in case someone in your family does have an emergency at the pool. If possible, train yourself and older children in CPR. If an emergency does happen, make sure you have contact information for a service like 9-1-1 that can get someone to a hospital quickly.

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