Summer is finally here – that means time for fun in the sun, outdoor activities, hot temps, days on the lake and much more!
While summer is a great time for you and the kids to enjoy yourselves, you still need to keep in mind the safety precautions all season long. Water-related activities are popular and fun for getting physical activity and maintaining health.
Here are some tips to stay safe while still getting to splash around!
- Install 4ft. gates or higher around all four sides of the pool.
- Have gates installed as self-close and self-latch at a high enough location that is out of a child’s reach.
- Have pool climb-resistant gates.
- Have electrical appliances near the pool.
- Keep toys near the pool when not in use.
- Run anywhere close to the pool.
- Dive into shallow depths.
- Dive through inner tubes or other pool toys.
- Always ask a lifeguard about water conditions.
- Have an adult who knows how to swim and perform CPR present.
- Swim in groups.
- Look for Red Flags (Dangerous Water) before entering the water.
- Know how to handle dangerous situations like riptides.
- Swim without a lifeguard on duty.
- Swim at night, dawn or dusk.
- Swim in areas that are being fished in or around fishing piers.
- Dive into water that has unknown objects.
- Before departing, tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
- Be aware of the weather forecast before going out on the boat.
- Have children wear life jackets when on boats, docks or near bodies of water at all times.
- Attach a plastic whistle to every life jacket and use for emergency.
- Overload your boat, forcing it over capacity.
- Allow children on a boat without life jackets.
- Have improper fitting life jackets.
- Ignore speed limits.
- Drive boat near buoys that indicate rocks and other hazards.
- Assume every boat landing has the same regulations.
Final Tip: Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
June 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Blog