Chances are that you and your loved ones will want to keep cool this summer by being around the water. Beaches, pools, water parks, and lakes are all popular destinations for families wanting relief from hot temperatures. However, the water can be dangerous for children. About 1,000 kids die each year by drowning, and it’s the second leading cause of accidental death for those ages 5 to 24.
The good news, however, is that there are many precautions that parents can take to ensure that their kids are safe around the water.
- Never leave your children unattended. They need constant supervision when in or near water including places you’d least expect it like ditches, fountains, inflatable pools, the bathtub and even the sink. It doesn’t take much for a child to drown. In fact, babies can drown in as much as an inch of water.
- In public areas, always swim in areas supervised by lifeguards and use the buddy system.
- Have children older than four take swimming lessons. Those older than age one might also benefit. Adults in the family should know how to swim and consider taking a CPR class.
- Invest in flotation devices for each child, and have the kids wear them when near the water. These devices should fit properly. For kids younger than five, use a vest with head support and a strap between the legs.
- Teach your children to never play in the water without your supervision or that of a trusted, responsible adult.
- Build a fence around your home pool. Use a gate that is self-closing and self-latching with the latch out of the kid’s reach.
- Bring a cell phone with you when watching kids playing in water. However, keep conversations brief so you won’t be distracted.
- Make sure kids wear foot protection in ponds and lakes.
- Know which rides are appropriate for your children at water parks.
- To cut down on waterborne illnesses, take your kids on bathroom breaks often and shower before entering the pool. Babies who are not potty trained need swim
The water is an excellent place for staying cool in hot temperatures but there are dangers, especially for children. Keep your kids safe by taking precautions to ensure their safety.