Thursday, May 20, 2010

Water Safety Month

May is water safety month and it's a good time to think about how to keep your kids safe around water. Do you have a pool? Do your neighbors have a pool or hot tub or even a baby pool in the backyard? Remember to mention that to anyone who comes over to watch your kids. They can drown in an inch of water.

Barbara Flack from Aquatech Pools and alerted me to water safety

Here are some water safety tips as we gear up for 80 degree days next week!

Designate a “water watcher

Designate a “water watcher”, an adult who agrees to watch the kids in and around the water and is not doing any distracting activity like reading or talking on the phone. Never leave children alone even for just one minute!

Learn to swim

Learn to swim. It’s the best way to stay safe in and around the water. Adults and children can learn or improve their swimming skills by taking swimming lessons.

Don’t rely on water wings

Don’t rely on water wings or other inflatable toys to keep a child safe. Always stay within an arm’s reach if your child can’t swim.

Secure all gates, doors, and windows

If a child is missing, check the pool first

If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the pool and scan the pool bottom, surface and surrounding area. Every second counts.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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