Getting wet and staying safe: water safety for the whole family


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Getting wet and staying safe: water safety for the whole familyAs the summer gets hotter more and more of us will be spending time at the pool, beach or on the dock at a cottage. There are few things more refreshing than diving into a cool body of water as the sun beats down, but there are also hazards to consider. Drowning is a concern for everyone, but primarily for children between the ages of one and four, for whom it is a leading cause of death. It doesn’t take a great deal of water either – often as little as 2 inches can be dangerous.

As you’re buying new bathing suits and packing the pool toys, here are a few important tips to remember to keep everyone safe this summer:

  • Lifeguards are not babysitters – Lifeguards are responsible for everyone’s safety. They aren’t focused on your child, so you should be.
  • Floatation devices are not the same as knowing how to swim – While they may keep your child’s head above water, using swim bands or other floatation devices does not mean your child knows how move themselves through the water.
  • Designate a water watcher – This person is the ‘designated driver’ of the water-body. They keep an eye out for everyone’s safety so that other people can relax. Remember to thank them for their time, and for being responsible.
  • Swim early, and often – Teaching children to swim, and encouraging them to practice the skills will keep them active, and able to help themselves and others in the future. However even strong swimmers can have issues with strong currents in large water-bodies, so keep an eye on them.
  • Get wet! – Being in the water means you will be much closer and better able to assist someone in distress. Keep children within arm’s length, especially if they are under 5.

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