Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Safe Summer Fun!

Summer is a wonderful season to spend time with friends and family out at the beach, at a backyard pool, or visiting the Aquatic Center on a rainy day! Swimming, boating and floating can provide hours of fun and relaxation for the whole family, but it’s important to remember a few water safety tips to keep everyone safe in and around the water all summer long. Here are a few of our favorite reminders from the American Red Cross.

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!

  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.

  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.

  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

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