When it comes to water, we can never be too prepared! Here are water safety tips to keep our kids safe as well as signs of drowning to look for this summer!
Spring is in the air and in Texas that means just one thing, it is time for it to get insanely hot soon which means it is time for days at the lake and in the swimming pool! According to the CDC “drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children ages 1-4 and the #2 cause for children up to 14.” With that being said teaching our kids how to be safe around the water is crucial! So, today we are sharing water safety tips to keep your kids safe this summer around the water!
Get Your Kids Swim Lessons Early!
Tony (20 months) and I have been doing mommy (or daddy 😉 ) and me classes and I can already see how he is understanding basic concepts to try and save himself if he fell in the water. These basic skills include: crawling on the steps, pulling himself up out of the pool, and turning to his back to give himself a break while swimming. And yes, he is learning all this at just 20 months!
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Teach Your Kids the Basics of Water Safety Early!
Kids are smart, so teach them the basics early! Be sure they never go near water without letting an adult know and an adult being with them and supervising. Young children can drown within 25 seconds.
Teach Your Kids:
Never Dive in the Shallow End
No pushing people into the pool or pushing kids under
AND ALWAYS HAVE SUPERVISION
You can never be too prepared when it comes to water safety!
So, take classes to be CPR certified, just in case you need to use it!
Take everything outside with you! Never think, “I’ll just run get it really quick” because that really quick might be too late!
Always have a charged phone with you by the pool just in case you need to call for help!
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Teach Your Kids to Use the Proper Equipment!
One of the biggest water safety tips we can offer is to use the proper equipment.
This includes always wearing a Coast Guard Certified life jacket when near a lake, pond or ocean. This is especially true while on a boat!
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When kids are in pools arm floaties are not considered a safety device! Be sure everything you put on your child is Coast Guard Approved! These puddle jumpers are a good option IF they fit properly! But of course, these do not ever replace adult supervision!
And always have a safety ring with a rope near the pool!
Always be On Alert While the Kids are in the Water!
As parents, we need to be on “High Alert” (that’s what I call it) when our kids are in the water! This includes eliminating all distractions such as phones, loud music, or anything else that might distract you!
Before our kids are “water safe” we need to always be within arms reach of them. That way if they start to drown we can grab them and help them!
Water safe means to be able to swim long distances, tread water for long periods of time as well as turn on their back and float until they get the help they need or to safety.
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Know the Signs of Drowning
It’s so easy for drowning to be mistaken for something else! So learn to recognize the signs of drowning and how to prevent drowning!
- No noise. Kids love to make noise. It is their nature once they stop making noise, especially in the pool it is time, so if they stop making noise this is a major red flag!
- Head low in the water with the mouth at water level
- Mouth open with head tilted back
- Gasping for air
- Trying to roll onto their back
- Hair over their eyes
- Eyes Glossy and they are not able to focus, or their eyes closed.
- Appears to be climbing something
When it comes to water safety, prevention saves lives! So, register your kids in Swim lessons and be prepared for a fun safe summer around the pool!
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What water safety tips would you add to the list?
Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!