Summer is here, which means that many families will be spending more time in, or around, water. Swimming is a fun way to stay cool during the summer months, and it requires some extra precautions. That’s why it’s important to make water safety for kids a big priority. Whether you’re spending time in the bathtub, pool, river, lake, or ocean, these five water safety tips will ensure it’s a fun and safe summer activity.
- Put the phone down. You should never take your eyes off of a child when they are near open water. This can include bathtubs and toilets for little ones. If you’re attending a pool party, assign a parent or two to be a “water watcher.” Steer clear of alcohol and switch off every 15-30 minutes to ensure everyone can still mingle and have fun.
- Safety in layers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends creating a “layer” of protection for water in, or around, homes. For example, if you have a pool in your backyard, a safety fence is a great option to help keep your child safe. This added “layer” of protection can help keep your child safe and your mind at ease.
- Create a family water safety process. Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Hat? Check. Toys? Double check! Children who have a pre-water routine or process may be less likely to jump into the pool on a whim.
- Floatation devices aren’t lifeguards. Don’t rely on water flotation devices when your child is in or around water. While flotation devices can help keep your child above water, they can also pose a serious threat if there is a malfunction. It’s best to keep an eye on your child 100% of the time.
- Have the skills necessary to respond in case of an emergency. Learn infant and child CPR! While it’s the last thing a parent wants to think of, having the right skills could save your child’s, or another child’s life.
If you’re looking for dry-land fun, The Little Gym offers programs for children 4 months through 12 years. To find a location near you, click here.