Boy in Pool with goggles

The best summer activities involve summer camp for kids, relaxation, vacations, and fun! But don't forget about safety! As we head into the 4th of July weekend, here are some tips to stay safe around water and beat the heat!

Before you hit the water, remember:

  1. Never swim alone.
  2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in the water. Download a Water Watcher Tag as a helpful reminder.
  3. Wear a Life Jacket. Inexperienced, non-swimmers and kids should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. 
  4. Know your (and your kid's) swim capabilities. Swim lessons give every person the skills needed to be safe around water.
  5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique children can help their friends without compromising their own safety.
  6. Enroll your children in water safety or swim lessons. Just like teaching your children to look both ways before they cross the street, having them participate in formal water safety lessons teaches them an important life skill. The Y’s swim lesson program teaches children fundamental water safety skills and what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.



Dangerous heat and humidity are in the forecast and the American Red Cross has provided tips to help your family stay safe when the temperatures soar:

  1. Eat small meals and eat more often. 
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  3. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  4. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  5. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  6. Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.



SOURCE: American Red Cross - Dangerous Heat Continues Across U.S.; Safety Tips to Follow