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!