As the weather gets warmer, your children are going to want to get out and play in water to cool off. For your family this could mean spending time at the beach, on the lake, or even at a pool in your own backyard. While you’re splashing around, it’s important to know how to keep your kids safe around water.
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Check out seven tips to keep your children safe around water this summer:
- Enroll children in swimming lessons between the ages of 1-5 years old. The sooner they know how to swim, the safer they will be.
- Make sure children are water wise. Teach them about the general rules of being around water like: don’t run; always walk by the pool.
- Inexperienced swimmers need to wear a life jacket to keep them safe. In some situations—like boating—a life jacket is required even if you’re an experienced swimmer.
- Never leave kids to swim without adult supervision. Be there and be aware of what is going on to avoid accidents from happening.
- Water reflects the sun. Have your kids wear plenty of sunscreen to avoid sunburns while being in and around the water.
- Kids should drink 4 to 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes when active. Give them plenty of fluids so they stay hydrated and don’t overheat.
- Be aware of storm warnings and other weather alerts. Don’t ever let kids swim when there is a potential for bad weather.
Looking for more water safety information? Check out the American Red Cross website for more great water safety tips for any kind of water adventure!
What other water safety tips do you recommend? Leave them in the comments section below.