4 Water Safety Tips for a Safe Summer

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.

  1. 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.

water watcher tag

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Download a tip sheet with more water safety information.


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2 thoughts on “4 Water Safety Tips for a Safe Summer”

  1. Even if it seems obvious, it is still so good to remember that your child is not drown-proof! I think that so many parents don’t think that something awful will actually happen to them or their children. I actually think that is how a lot of people think! But, knowing that your child could very easily drown should make parents keep a better eye on their children.

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