Summer Safety – Part 2

by on June 1, 2009

As summer rolls around, it is always beneficial to brush up on water safety. Remember these 10 steps for both a safe and enjoyable summer.

1. Start the season safely. As the season begins, swimmers are often out of shape and skills are rusty. Take it easy until previous endurance levels return.

2. Provide swimming lessons for children. This may be the season for your child to begin organized swim lessons or a swim team.

3. Watch children carefully. Often lifeguards are unable to observe every person on the beach or in the pool.

4. Watch for signs of trouble. Uncontrollable shivering, goosebumps, a bluish tinge to the skin or sloppy swimming technique may suggest a rest is in order.

5. Use the buddy system. Both children and adults should always try to swim with a partner.

6. Prevent diving accidents. Be cautious diving into shallow water. Do not dive in un-designated areas, such as from piers and bridges.

7. Equip pools with safety devices. Buoys, a life saving pole, a first aid kit and a list of local emergency phone numbers are all necessity.

8. Familiarize yourself and your children with the different rules that apply to boating and other water sports.

9. Get acquainted with the area when swimming in the ocean. Waves and undertow should always be considered before entering the water.

10. Learn CPR.

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