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Summertime Swimming Safety Tips!

Posted on 07/02/2020

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy swimming. Swimming is also a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Swimming injuries, drownings, and death are preventable by following simple safety rules. These rules apply around all bodies of water, from the beach or lake to private pools and bathtubs.

Educate:

  • Make sure children know how to tread water and float. These skills are essential stepping stones to being able to swim alone
  • Remind children that pool toys are meant for fun, and are not a sufficient replacement for flotation devices

Go Slow:

  • Enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready
  • Encourage children to stay in the shallow area of the pool or close to shore
  • Stay out of the water when you are very tired, cold, or overheated

Learn CPR:

  • Learning CPR will help to put your mind at ease in case you are faced with an emergency
  • Be sure to check our store for class dates and times. WPFD offers 2 year certifications through American Heart AssociationĀ®

Play Safe:

  • Always swim with a buddy and swim only in areas with a lifeguard or adult present
  • All back yard pools should be fenced in with a self-latching gate around the perimeter
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely solely on life jackets

Supervise:

  • Never leave children unattended in a swimming area
  • Put down reading material and your smartphone so that children have your undivided attention
  • If you own a pool, consider installing a pool alarm to alert you if someone wanders into the pool unattended

Watch the Weather:

  • Be sure to never swim during a thunderstorm, even if it seems far away
  • At the first clap of thunder everyone should exit the water calmly and carefully