May is National Water Safety Month! There's no denying that the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities increases during the summer. The need for public education on water safety practices is ongoing which is one reason May is designated National Water Safety Month.
Whether at a pool, a lake or a beach, here are some water safety tips courtesy of the American Red Cross:
Make Water Safety Your Priority
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy, do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Ensure that everyone learns to swill by enrolling in age appropriate American Red Cross swimming lessons.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket!
- Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills and reduces the body's ability to stay warm.
Maintain Constant Supervision
- Actively supervise kids whenever around the water - even if lifeguards are present. Do not drop your kids off at the pool or beach and leave them. A responsible adult should be designated to supervise.
- Always stay within arm's reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
Know What to Do in an Emergency. If a child is missing check the water first.
- Know how and when to call 911.
- Enroll in American Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.