summer safety for kidsWith temperatures rising, pool days are just around the corner for many families. Along with splashes and laughter, water fun can bring safety hazards.

Swimming is one of summer’s greatest activities, but can be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Drowning is the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 4. Among children under the age of 19, drowning it the third leading cause of death.

Here are a few tips to keep you children safe in the water:

  • Never leave a child unattended near water. It only takes one inch of water for a baby to drown.
  • When supervising water activities, be sure to limit the number of distractions such as phones. When children are in the water they need your undivided attention.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets and wading pools after each use and store upside down.
  • Teach your children to never go near water without an adult present.
  • Instill the importance of swimming with an adult or partner.
  • Swimming in a pool isn’t the same as swimming in a lake, ocean or river. Changing weather, undertow and currents can all effect your ability to swim.
  • When boating, it is important for children to wear a life jacket at all times. The life jacket should fit snugly and should not hit the ears or chin when raising their arms in the air.

From a quick dip in the pool to an afternoon on the lake, ensure a safe and fun swim with these basic water safety tips.