No summer is complete without a trip (or several dozen) to the pool. Kids and water go together like peanut butter and jelly. Swimming is a great way to beat the heat, but it’s important to ensure their safety, whether splashing around in the backyard pool or taking a dip in a lake. According to the CDC, about 800 children die from drowning every year. Prevent your kids from becoming statistics by practicing the following:
- Prepare by signing them up for swimming lessons.
- Keep small children within an arm’s reach at all times.
- Instruct children to always ask permission before entering the water.
- Make sure your child has a swim buddy.
- Floaties (or water wings) are no substitute for adult supervision.
- If a child is missing, check the water first; every second counts!