With summer in full swing, many families will be heading to the beach, lake and pool to enjoy the hot weather. While water activities are popular for getting physical activity and have health benefits, they can also be dangerous. Many parents do not realize that young children can drown in less than two inches of water. Follow these tips for recommended precautions to keep your children safe in the water this summer.
- Never leave children unattended in or near water, even for a moment
- Watch out for the dangerous “toos” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun
- When at the beach, be sure to teach kids to swim parallel to the shore or to tread water if they are caught in a rip current
- Wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating
- Learn to swim – formal swimming lessons can help protect young children from drowning
- Even if your child knows how to swim, have them wear a life jacket when playing in open water outside of a life-guarded area, in a river or the ocean.
Remember that water safety begins in the home. If you do enroll your child in a swimming program, remember that even a child who knows how to swim needs to be watched constantly. Seconds count in preventing a drowning. You’ll be able to enjoy water activities more by knowing and practicing these safety precautions. For more summer safety tips, visit kids.mountnittany.org.
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