Spring has officially sprung and since May is National Water Safety Month, what better way to celebrate then brushing up on some water safety tips. Before any water-related activities can unfold it is important to remember how to keep those loved ones safe and sound. While the warmer weather provides ample opportunity to enjoy a dip in the pool or trip to the beach, it is important to remember how to protect yourself and those around you from the dangers the water may hold. Read on to review tips for staying safe during National Water Safety Month.
- Swimmers Should Always Be Supervised. There is no replacing a parent’s watchful eye over their swimming guests. From young children to advanced swimmers, all children should be constantly supervised when they are swimming in any body of water. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, magazines, books, or even in-depth conversations when you’re on the watch to ensure your full attention is on your little swimmers.
- Fence Off Your Pool. With young children around, it is best to fence off the pool to avoid accidents and temptation when they cannot be supervised. A BABY-LOC removable fence is the perfect option for families looking to keep unwanted visitors (unsupervised pets and children) out of the pool area. Remember to always keep the gate closed so those curious tots can’t wander into the pool area accidentally.
- Prepare for the Summer With Swimming Lessons. For the beginner and novice swimmer, it may be best to invest in swimming lessons. The best way to prepare for a summer in the pool is knowing how to stay afloat. Not only will those enrolled in lessons gain confidence in the water, but they will also learn safety tips that can help keep swimmers safe outside of their lessons. Just remember, swimming lessons doesn’t mean young swimmers should be unsupervised in the water.
- Properly Gear Up Swimmers. A bathing suit isn’t enough. Make sure inexperienced swimmers have the flotation gear necessary when in the pool. This may mean wearing a life jacket or using other floatation devices. Whatever the method, be sure swimmers are properly prepared before jumping in.
- Don’t Swim Alone. While this rule may seem obvious some people enjoy a quick dip alone. Resist the urge to swim alone. Accidents can happen to even the most experienced swimmers. Be sure that you always have a swim buddy, even if that buddy is soaking up the sun poolside.
- Become CPR Certified. It is always best to be prepared for the worst. Take a CPR class to learn how to deal with a multitude of emergencies. Feeling prepared in an emergency setting will also help you keep a level head when the chaos ensues. Also, remember to keep a phone nearby when there are swimmers in your pool on the off chance you’ll have to make an emergency call.
National Water Safety Month is the perfect time to get yourself ready for all the potential dangers that could occur once your pool is open. Be sure to take the time to educate yourself and others on how to handle those emergencies so you will be able to keep a cool head underwater.