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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Pool and water-play safety tips

There is no more refreshing and exciting summer family activity than one that involves water. We are mindful that many families include young children (aged 4 and under), so here are a few things to be mindful of before going out on the lake, the local community pool, or even just filling up the water-play table.

Constant vigilance: When you know your child is going to be in or around water, pay extra close attention to them. This is the best way to prevent drowning.

Utilize inflatables: Fit your child with a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a boat in a body of water, or put floaties on them when playing in any body of water. Make sure the floaties are in good condition, well-inflated and do not have any holes or tears.

Use discernment: Do not ask older children to supervise younger children in any body of water, including bathtubs. Remain close to or hold your child when in a body of water with strong currents, such as oceans or streams.

Think and plan ahead: Empty buckets, inflatable pools, water-play tables, and other containers after your child is finished using them.

Get them water-trained: It is never too early to sign your child up for swimming lessons. It is an important life skill, especially if you enjoy spending your summer days in the water!