Swimming is a fun, active and healthy way to spend leisure time, or a great outdoor activity with your family. Make safety a priority by following the tips below:
- Always supervise children who are in or near the water. An adult should pay constant attention and put away distractions such as cell phones and other activities.
- Consider enrolling your child in swim lessons. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting lessons at age 1 as a safety measure to prevent drowning.
- Completely fence in swimming pools with self-closing and self-latching gates. For additional protection, install alarms on doors leading to the pool area and in-water alarms.
- Use life jackets when near and in lakes, rivers or other natural bodies of water. Children should also wear them in the pool of they are not strong swimmers.
- If you own a pool, learn Red Cross CPR and post CPR instructions in the pool area.
- When children are not in the pool, remove all toys from the area to reduce the chance of them accidently falling into the water.
- Watch out for the dangerous “toos” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun.
- If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing a drowning.
- Drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
For more kids’ health-related information, visit kids.mountnittany.org.
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