Water Safety Tips for a Safe Summer
As we begin to reopen and people venture outside we will be drawn to water activities to keep cool in the summer months. May is National Water Safety Month and the national education campaign offers the following ways to be safe while enjoying the water:
- Constant Adult Supervision – Actively supervise children and non-swimmers around the water, even when lifeguards are present.
- Learn to Swim – No matter your age, learning to swim is one of the best ways to be safer in and around the water.
- Look for Lifeguards – Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Swim with A Buddy – Do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system.
- Wear A Life Jacket – Adults and kids should always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating. Non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers should also always wear a life jacket when in and around the water. Inflatable toys can be fun but are not a substitute for U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Learn CPR – Learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies by learning CPR.
National Water Safety Month is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association, Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (formerly The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals/National Swimming Pool Foundation) and the World Waterpark Association. Additional water safety tips and detailed information about National Water Safety Month, can be found at: www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org.