Reckon & Reckon Plumbing is a company of families. We have children and our clients have children. This blog is all about families, children, and Summer water safety. Happy moments and Summer fun can turn into tragedies within seconds. There are 7 Summer Safety Water Tips that can help save lives.
1- There is no single thing more important than direct supervision when it comes to Summer water safety. You must have your eyes on infants, toddlers, and small children every single solitary second where water is present. It does not matter if it is 1 inch of water or 10 feet of water, ANY AND ALL WATER POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO A SMALL CHILD. An adult must be on shift at all times to watch the children. This applies to the pool or natural bodies or water.
2- A pool should always have a barrier of defense. A fence and latching gates are vital for pool safety. In some cities, they are mandatory and not having them installed can result in violations that will result in civil or criminal charge.
3- Make sure you put ALL toys away, do not leave them around the pool or near the water’s edge near a natural body of water. Nothing gets a child’s attention like a toy. The toy is the target and their little eyes are heat-seeking missiles. If a toy is left near the pool or water’s edge, a child will go to any lengths to get to his or her toy. Do not leave the temptation for them, pick it up and put it away.
4- Distractions are a major, if not the major, cause of water related tragedies. Going to get a ringing phone, or to get a napping child, answer the doorbell, or going to the car for snacks, or any other thing that will take your attention away from the children in or near the water MUST BE NO-FLY ZONES. Never, absolutely never, leave any child unattended. Even if it takes time to get them all out of the water, take the time, get them out, and ALWAYS take them with you.
5- Teach water safety to your children from the earliest age possible. Make sure you also teach your children to adhere to those rules and enforce and observe them yourself. The rules are as follows: Never swim alone, obey all lifeguard warnings, never run around pools or decks, and follow “NO DIVING,” signs. “NO DIVING,” signs being disregarded can result in catastrophic or fatal injury. Always teach your children to wear life jackets when boating, fishing, or playing near fast-moving water. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/index.html
6- Flotation devices DO NOT provide assurances, they provide support and should only be used with 100% supervision. According to New Parent Magazine,
“These devices can shift suddenly, deflate or slip from underneath, leaving a child in a very dangerous situation.”
7- Get your child swim lesson. Research swim programs. Pick one that will not only teach swimming skills, but also survival skills. By survival we mean, SELF-RESCUE. Self-rescue skills are critical for infants and your children. If by some horrid turn of events they find themselves alone in water, this could save your child’s life. This is a lesson they will carry with them their entire lives and can be a life saving skill they can use when they are older and in a water crisis. Only choose a an instructor who has been certified to teach survival and swim skills, and they must have a current CPR and First Aid certification.
Swimming should be fun and happy. Nothing can compete with a pool or the beach when it comes to kid fun. Use the 7 tips listed above and never take your eyes of your most precious and wonderful prize.