May is Water Safety Month
Let’s Keep Those Kiddos Safe!
May is officially water safety month in America! The annual event is now in its ninth year, and its aim is to help prevent drowning and water-related injuries and illnesses. With more and more people spending leisure time in or around water, there is an increasing need for education on safe water practices.
With the arrival of warmer weather and longer days, parents and children alike look forward to spending time enjoying the pool or hot tub. Make sure your family and friends are safe this summer by following these practical safety tips when in or around water. These are taken from the “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program at nationalwatersafetymonth.org.
- Stay close, watch children and be alert
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water, drowning only takes seconds
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Have a phone and a first aid kit handy when you or your family is using a pool or hot tub
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
Learn water safety skills
- Learn how to swim
- Teach your child how to swim
- Share water safety tips with your child as well as with family, friends and neighbors
- Learn to perform CPR and the basics of saving lives
Have appropriate pool or hot tub equipment
- Install a fence of at least four feet high around your pool or hot tub
- Fit self-closing and self-latching gates
- Use a lockable safety cover on your hot tub
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when someone is near the water
General Water Safety Reminders
The above safety tips mainly focus on keeping children safe around water, but adults also need to exercise caution when using pools or hot tubs. Here are some general reminders that are good to consider before the summer season takes off:
- Never swim alone
- Follow the advice given by lifeguards
- Obey pool rules
- If boating, always wear a life jacket
- Don’t swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
- Bring sunscreen and warm clothes for after
On a hot day, having fun around the pool or hot tub is a great way to relax and spend time together. A cool dip, a long soak or an invigorating swim can refresh you and make you feel great. Swimming is a good way to keep fit and an easy way to keep the kids entertained for hours.
However, the safety of everyone present should always be the main priority. So take some time for yourself to consider these safety tips, and then share them with your family, friends and neighbors. Make any needed changes before you allow anyone to use the pool or hot tub.
Be vigilant, then you can enjoy the water, knowing you and your loved ones are safe. Follow the advice of National Water Safety Month and make this summer the most memorable one yet!
National Water Safety Month is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the World Waterpark Association. The event is celebrated by these organizations, participants, sponsors, and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals. They promote water safety through educational programs, public service announcements and governmental proclamations. It is aimed primarily at the public and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries.