Water Safety Tips

by SKHC Editor on July 15, 2011

Its summer and it’s hot! One of the season’s most popular pastimes is swimming. There are a few basic safety tips that you should follow whether you are in, or around, water.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

  • Swim in an area that is supervised by a lifeguard
  • Use the buddy system, never swim alone
  • Learn how to swim
  • Do not leave children unattended by water
  • Have inexperienced swimmers wear a life jacket
  • Establish and enforce rules based on each person’s abilities
  • Be aware of your surroundings even if you do not plan on swimming
  • Avoid the use of alcohol

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water

  • Install (at least) 4’ high barriers, gates that open away from the pool, alarms and safety covers to your pool or hot tub
  • Remove access ladders, as well as outdoor furniture, playground equipment, etc., when the pool is not in use
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool to detract attention

Maintain Constant Supervision

  • Designate a responsible adult to monitor children around or in water
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of children around or in water

Know What to Do In an Emergency

  • If a child is missing, check the water first
  • If you own a pool or hot tub have water safety equipment on hand as well as a first aid kit
  • Take pool safety, water safety, and first aid and CPR/AED courses

Source: redcross.org

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marine paneling March 21, 2012 at 2:00 am

Most accidents happen to children that is why parents must always supervise them. Following safety procedures could be a big help especially when unexpected things would occur.

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