Water safety tips: Keeping our children safe this summer
Summer fun in the sun by the poolside or the ocean are where some of the best family holiday memories are made. But how can parents be water safety savvy enough to make sure their children are not part of the drowning statistics? It is the 3rd highest cause of accidental death of children under the age of 5, so parents get ready to be heroes for your kids this summer.
Having a fun family pool party?
Then you’ll have to make sure of a couple of things before ordering the Iron Man themed water slide.
- Make sure that your pool is fenced off or has a pool net…or both. Some fences have alarms hooked to the pool fence that go off when the gate is opened.
- Talk to your children about water safety. Help them understand the seriousness of it and make sure that they know to ask for permission before entering the pool.
- Take your children to swimming and survival lessons. Children can learn how to swim from as young as infant stage.
- There must always be adult supervision within arm’s length of children. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by anything else. ‘Keeping an eye on your children’ literally means your focus should totally be on them while they are in or near the water.
- Give your child swimming aids like wings or noodles, but remember that these do not replace your eagle eyes.
- After the fun and games, remember to take all the toys out of the pool so your child won’t jump in and try to take them out unsupervised.
Taking a family trip to the seaside?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re there:
- Remind your child that the ocean current can overwhelm good swimmers and isn’t the same as a swimming pool.
- Swim in areas designated by life guards.
- Red flags in the beach mean, ‘do not go there.’
- Stay between yellow and red flags.
- Warn your children about jellyfish and blue bottles on the shores.
Daily Water Safety Tips:
-Toddlers can drown in 4 cm of water so even filled baths and buckets are hazardous. Keep buckets with water stored safely and always empty them when done. Never let your child bath unaccompanied and drain the bathwater out immediately after the bath is over. If you have a jacuzzi or hot tub, make sure it is always drained and properly sealed.
- Learn CPR and first aid. Performing CPR for adults and children is different so it’s important to know both. Try firstaidtrainingsa.co.za. It could be a fun, potentially life-saving skill for the whole family!
- And most of all, remember to let your children have fun filled memories to carry with them for a lifetime because mom and dad were there to keep them safe.
How do you keep your children safe in the water? Please share your experiences.