Summer is here which means Texas heat and more people looking for ways to cool off. With children out of school for summer break, many parents and children will be looking for fun and entertainment in an area where they can cool off such as at the pool, lake, or waterpark.
Drowning accidents and other injuries such as a slip and fall from the wet or slippery ground can occur if we’re not careful. Therefore, it’s important to always practice water safety.
Here are 3 water safety tips to help you prepare for the summer:
1.) Supervision at all times
Never leave your little ones unsupervised while swimming in the pool, lake, or playing in the waterpark. Remember, children must always be under supervision whenever they’re around water. Younger children are at a greater risk as they can drown in less than 2 inches of water. Keep young children within arm’s reach while they are swimming. Older children should always swim with a buddy for safety purposes. Keep in mind even children who may know how to swim are still at risk for drowning, so be sure to watch them closely anytime they are near water.
2.) Establish safety rules
Always establish water safety rules with your children to protect them from serious injuries such as a slip and fall or drowning. Children should always learn water survival skills before swimming. It’s important for children to be able to step into water and return to the surface, float or tread water for at least 1 minute, and turn around in a full circle and find an exit. While swimming in a pool or lake or playing at the waterpark, let your children know they should never do the following:
- Run or push each other
- Swim or play during bad weather, especially lightening
- Dive in areas that are not permitted for diving
- Swim in areas where the water is too deep
Lastly, all parents should know how to give their children CPR. CPR may help you save a child’s life.
3.) Water safety equipment on board
It’s always a great idea to have water safety equipment ready for use especially for children who are young swimmers. Inflatable flotation devices such as vests, pool noodles, rafts, tubes, and water wings can help protect your child while swimming or playing in the water and provide an extra sense of security. However, it is important to note that these devices will not PREVENT a child from drowning but can be used for protection to help them float. Never use water safety equipment as a substitute for supervision. An adult should always be present no matter what.
Summer Safety Series
For more in-depth tips on how you and your child can practice water safety and prepare for a safe “cool” summer, check out our Summer Safety Series.
And remember, if your child has an emergency, we are ready to treat any illness or injury in the comfort of your home with My Trusted Pediatrics. As always, we are “caring for yours as if they were our own.”