WATER SAFETY 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR
As we get into the heat of the summer, it is important to be consistent when it comes to water safety for you and your family. But did you know that water safety is a yearlong responsibility? From bathtubs, covered pools, or a day at the lake, it is crucial to understand safety around water 365 days of the year. Thanks to Y USA and Children’s Health, here are some tips you and your family need to know about being safe around any body of water.
1. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water
Whether that be a local pool, water park, or lake, have a conversation with your children about the importance of “asking first”. This communication skill helps parents get prepared to be on water watch and allows children to have a better understanding that safety has to come first before jumping in.
2. Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub
The bathtub might be the last place we think of when it comes to childhood drowning, but 60 percent of youth drowning incidents actually occur within 10 feet of safety. That includes running to the room next door to grab an extra towel or bath toy while giving your child a bath. Make sure all materials are in arms reach to keep bath time safe.
3. Empty kiddie pools immediately after use
Once pool time is over, make sure an adult is assigned to emptying out the kiddie pool in order to prevent any after swim time swimming from children without any adult supervision.
4. When visiting a new home, check the premises for potential water hazards
According to Children’s health “it is important to make sure the pool is a safe place when no one is around, and the pool is not in use. Drowning incidents can happen year-round and can be even more dangerous during the winter months when pools are not top of mind. Layers of protection, like a non-climbable fence with a self-locking gate, can keep children who wander off from falling into the pool. Safety covers are also a good idea.”