In honor of National Water Safety Month, we talked about some important water safety tips with local mom and owner of Aqua Tots Swim School in Sarasota, Lindsay Leary.
Almost 800 children drown in the US every year; 2/3 of those deaths occur between May and August. It’s also important to know that 69% of children 5 years or younger were not expected to be at or in the pool at the time of a drowning incident.
Some of the best family memories are made around the water! By following the 4 layers of water safety, you can make those times safe for the entire family.
1. Adult Supervision
Children are curious and need adult supervision at all times around water. Always designate a responsible water watcher to keep an eye on swimmers.
2. Safety Barriers
Pools should have a four-foot fence and a gate that locks. Inside the house, keep bathroom doors closed and toilet lids latched. Be sure to empty buckets, bathtubs, and play pools immediately after use.
3. Swim Lessons
Knowing how to find air and swim to the pool’s edge can save a child’s life. Swim lessons help children adapt to the water, learn safe boundaries and become safe and confident swimmers.
4. CPR/First Aid Training
Caregivers of all ages should be CPR certified and trained in first aid. Also, keep a phone close by in case of an emergency when swimming.