This time of year we all get excited about the weather.
Now let me clarify.
Many of us aren’t excited about the current weather. Rainy, windy, volatile. 50 degrees one day, 80 the next. But we are excited because we know that summer is coming.
And with summer comes all kinds of great things.
The most notable of those great things is time spent in the pool or at the beach.
Which is why May is National Water Safety Month!
While we can’t predict or always prevent accidents related to water safety, there are some things that you can do to help improve the chances that your summer fun in the water will be safer for your kids. Because swimming is not only fun, it’s great exercise too.
There is something about being in the water that causes my kids to get along better. It’s kinda like magic! Last spring we stayed in a hotel and had the pool all to ourselves. I’ve never seen them get a long so well. Water has that affect, it’s calming and relaxing. I really think it’s good for your physical and emotional health.
But it can be dangerous too!
4 Water Safety Things You MUST Do to Keep Kids Safe
Keeping kids safer around the water is as simple as remembering your A, B, C, and D’s! The ZAC Foundation, an organization whose mission it is to advance water safety, has put together the following list of 4 water safety things you must do to keep kids safe.
A is for Adult
Never let kids be alone near the water. If you have a backyard pool and need to step inside, make everyone get out of the water until you return. Bathroom trip at the beach? Everyone out until you get back. Put those smartphones away too. This is one time where constant supervision is important. Besides, you don’t want sunburn on the back of your neck from being hunched over your phone!
B is for Barrier
If you have a backyard pool, make sure there is a fence around it and that gates latch and lock when not in use. Make sure you check that the gates close and lock behind you. If you are staying somewhere with a pool, make sure the same rules apply.
C is for Classes
Beyond knowing how to swim, classes that teach first aid for kids and adults are critical so that everyone knows what to do in case something does happen.
D is for Drains
Pool and spa drains can potentially cause suction that can prevent someone from returning back to the surface of the water. Educating kids to stay away from all drains is important, especially drains that are not raised. But hair, fingers, toes and clothes can also get snagged and trapped on drains so it’s best to stay away from all of them. Avoid toys that sink to the bottom of the pool as they can migrate over to the drains causing children to get too close.
Swimming should be a fun activity, not one that ends in disaster. A little bit of planning and education can go a long way towards reducing these potentially preventable accidents.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.