Summer vacation is just around the corner! That means no school, tests, or homework, just plenty of pool parties, popsicles, and picnics. While this time of year comes with plenty of fun-filled activities the whole family can enjoy, we want to help you stay safe by remembering these safety tips when hanging out by the pool or lake this summer.
Watch out for the little ones
While any child needs proper supervision in the water, children ages one to four are especially at risk for drowning. Drownings can still occur even when a lifeguard is on duty, so it’s important to stay vigilant. By keeping an eye on your kiddos, regardless of their age, you can keep your little ones safe while still having a great time.
Find your fins
The stronger swimmer you are, the less likely you are to experience a drowning-related incident. The Findlay YMCA in Hancock County offers swim lessons that vary depending on your skill level.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a vital skill to have and can literally be a lifesaver. The American Red Cross offers many CPR classes. Find one in your area, and remember, it’s always best to be prepared!
Be careful where you dive
While water may appear deep enough for diving, it is critical to never dive into a body of water unless there is a designated area to do so. Some water may appear deep at first but may actually be shallow. Entering the water headfirst can result in serious injury, or even death.
Be weather wary
Watch out for lightning! While swimming during the rain might sound like fun, dangerous summer thunderstorms can move in quickly. Swimming when there is lightning is seriously dangerous, and you should always avoid bodies of water during a storm.
If you or someone you are swimming with is a weak swimmer, make sure the person is wearing a life jacket. Life jackets act as an assistive floatation device to help struggling swimmers and are helpful tools in the water. Remember: Pool toys such as foam noodles, kickboards, or other items do not count as a proper flotation device, and proper Coast Guard approved life vests are always recommended.
Staying informed is the key to water safety. Educating yourself and your children can lead to a lifetime of healthy, happy, and safe swimmers.