As we roll into summer it’s important to think about water safety. We’ll be focused on swimming and playing in the water.
I’m going to keep it simple and leave the rest to the professionals. There are 2 important steps that do the most to keep water time fun and safe…
- Nothing is more important that competent supervision. If you can’t stay close by, where you can see you child then your child should go with you or you should make sure a responsible adult is able to cover for you. Very young children should be within reach of an adult when in the water.
- Swim lessons. If your child is going to be in the water, feeling comfortable in it is key. Knowing how to swim, float, and what to do if you need help, prevents problems, and helps children feel confident in their abilities.
I do want to mention that for young children even small amounts of water can be dangerous. Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death in children under 4 years of age. That can happen in the bathroom; or because a bucket, small child’s pool, or container of water are left unattended and young children are curious! Again, Supervision is key.
Here’s a link to the Red Cross with water safety tips: