As the summer months approach, many people are getting ready for water activities. Memorial Day is often when families enjoy the pool or lake for the first time in the year. If you are planning some water activities this summer, be sure to teach kids about safety in and around the water.
An excerpt from a press release explains the focus for National Water Safety Month:
"A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (formerly The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals/National Swimming Pool Foundation) and the World Waterpark Association, along with dozens of other water safety groups will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month (NWMS). NWSM engages the public to raise awareness about water safety and highlights the importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults when they’re in and around water.”
One of the programs to promote safety is "Simple Steps Save Lives” and they provide the following tips:
- Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
- Teach children basic water safety tips
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
- Learning and practicing water safety skills
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update those skills regularly
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
- Having appropriate equipment for your pool or spa
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
- Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
- If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
- Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers and ask your pool service provider if you don’t know.
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Consider these and other tips to keep children and other individuals safe around water. Whether near a pool, lake, beach, or other body of water, keep an eye on family and friends around the water. Have a fun and safe start to the summer.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!