Summer Water Safety
As you start the summer remember to review pool and water rule with your family. Some of the following are important to a safe and fun summer. Always have an adult monitoring kids in the water. Locate the lifeguard upon arrival and show them to your family. Walking and not running to the pool. Avoid using electronic equipment when you are at the pool and responsible for monitoring kids. Check out the additional tips and information below to help make sure we keep our kids safe around water this summer and always.
Swimming is the most popular summer activity. Before heading out for summertime water fun, make sure you know how to make it as safe as it can be. Follow these 8 tips for water safety:
Always swim in a lifeguarded area
Always swim with a buddy
Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions
Reach or throw aid to distressed swimmers – don’t go
Fence home pools with adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing
Weak and non-swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets
Enter the water feet first only, unless an area is clearly marked for diving and is free from obstructions
Teach children to swim by enrolling them in a Swim course – it’s a gift with lifelong rewards
Remember, the best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons.
Did You Know?
1). Florida leads the nation with the most child drownings of all ages (under 18) by more than double the next closest state (Texas/Arizona) 80% of those involved children are children under the age of 5 – US Swimming Foundation
2). 3 children die every day as a result of drowning – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
3).88% of youth drowning incidents occur under adult supervision – National Safe Kids Campaign
4). 64% of African Americans, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability. – USA Swimming Foundation.
5). Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88% – US Swimming Foundation
6). Children ages 1-4 had the highest rates of drowning ad non-fatal drowning hospitalization -Florida Health
7). Broward and Miami-Dade counties lead the nation in drowning deaths among small children.
8). Last year, Florida had 88 people die by drowning and 75 were children under the age of 4, and more than 100 children have died in South Florida due to drowning since 2010.
9). For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Source (YMCA South Florida)
It’s easy to get distracted with our phones and everything going on around us so much that we could easily loose track and sight of children in the water. Once I get to the pool either with other family members or if we are alone I take a few quick picks of him at the edge of the pool and then place my phone away. I know that because I am not a swimmer I am more diligent in watching everything related to him being in the water because I know it only takes a second for something to go wrong. I also set the rules of engagement for him on what he can and can’t do as well as him being aware that he has to stay in the shallow end of the pool. We can all do better on reducing or removing distractions while we are around water with our little ones.
I am happy to take the Water Watcher Pledge to ensure we are all aware and alert of the dangers and fatal incidents that occur if we are not watching children when we are around water. I hope you will take the pledge too and urge your family and friends to do take it as well.
The Water Watcher Pledge:
I pledge to be a Water Watcher to keep kids safe in and around water by:
- Actively watching the children.
- Keeping my eyes on the water.
- Avoiding distraction.
- Pulling all children out of the water, call 911 & begin CPR in an emergency.
Contact aquatic facilities in your area to sign up for swim lessons.
Have a safe and happy summer!