As temperatures start to rise, your family may be spending more time at the pool or the beach. Keep these water safety tips, straight from CHOC Children’s community education department, top of mind to ensure your family has a safe and worry-free summer.
- Assign a water watcher
Children need supervision at all times near the water, even if there is a lifeguard on duty. Designate an adult who knows how to swim and how to perform CPR as a ‘water watcher.’ Accidents often happen during a lapse in supervision, rather than during a total lack of supervision, says Amy Frias, CHOC community educator. CHOC offers ‘Water Watcher’ tags that can be worn by the assigned adult. If your water watcher leaves the water area, even for a short time, have them first pass along the ‘Water Watcher’ tag and duties to another responsible adult. To request a tag, contact the community education department.
- Never assume your child is drown-proof
Don’t give your child a pass on safety protocols even if he has had swimming lessons and is an experienced swimmer. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water. Keep an eye on all bodies of water, such as bathtubs, toilets, buckets, ice chests, and dog dishes.
- Be aware of beach hazards
Watch for rip current and weather condition signs at the beach. Swimming in the ocean should only be allowed when there is a lifeguard on duty. Never swim alone- even good swimmers need buddies.
- Establish multiple layers of protection
Kids can get into things quickly, even if an adult is distracted for just a few seconds. Fences, gates, alarms and covers for your pool and spa are just a few ways that you can reinforce your home as a safe environment.