Summertime Water Safety

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!