Tips to Help You Stay Safe in the Water
It’s about to get very hot outside and you’re going to want to go swimming—whether it’s in your own pool, at the beach, or on a boat! We want to make sure you’re safe, so we’ve compiled a few tips to follow both in and out of the home.
Supervise in and around water
Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of pre-school children should provide “Touch supervision”, which is to be close enough to reach the child at all times.
Empty all water after use
Empty all tubs, buckets, and kiddies pools immediately after use to prevent any accidents. Once drained, flip the container upside down so it doesn’t collect any more water.
Install fences around pools
Surround you home pool with a protective fence, preferably with a self-closing door to prevent children from wandering in unattended.
Learn to swim
There’s no shame in not knowing how to swim. Lots of adults don’t learn to swim later in life—whether it’s because they never got the chance to learn or had a traumatic experience as a child. Learning to swim can help save your life and those around you!
Don’t’ use air-filled or foam toys
Try to avoid air-fill or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles, or inner tubes. Use life jackets instead!
Accidents happen. You should know how to act in an emergency. CPR can help save the life of someone involved in a water-related accident. Learn More.
Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
Use the buddy system
Always swim with a buddy. It’s more fun, plus it’s safe!