Summer is the season of fun in the sun, and on the water. As families head to swimmable spots, the National Water Safety Month (NWSM) campaign supporters offer six important tips and reminders for parents and caregivers about safe water practices.
Constant adult supervision. Actively supervise children and non-swimmers around the water, even when lifeguards are present. Don’t just drop kids off. Avoid distracting activities such as checking email or social media.
Learn to swim. No matter your age, learning to swim is one of the best ways to be safer in and around the water.
Look for lifeguards. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
Swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system.
Wear a life jacket. Adults and kids should always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating. Non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers should also wear a life jacket at all times when in and around the water. Inflatable toys can be fun, but shouldn’t be used as a substitute for U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Learn CPR. Learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies by learning CPR.
Additional water safety tips and detailed information about National Water Safety Month for both consumers and businesses can be found at http://www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org.