It’s important to touch on water safety tips for the summer. Check out your local Red Cross for more information and to get CPR certified.
The Great Lakes have a high incident of drownings each year due to currents and other factors – click here to learn more
• Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
• Instruct babysitters on water safety, and the need for constant supervision.
• Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children near a pool or water
• Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
• Install a poolside phone, with emergency numbers
• Learn CPR and post instructions
• Keep rescue equipment near the pool.
• Keep a first aid kit near the pool
• Maintain constant visual contact with children near water. Don’t ever think someone else is watching the kids
• Do not prop the gate to a pool area open.
• Don’t rely on swimming lessons, and think you can leave your children in water alone
• Always watch the children and don’t just “listen” because drowning is mostly silent with no kicking, splashing or screaming. Eyes (not ears) on the water!