Summer Water Safety Tips

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

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• 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!