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June 5th, 2014 at 10:45 am

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Summer is often one of the most anticipated times of the year, when you think warm weather what comes to mind? For many it might be the outdoors and all the activities that go along with being outside; BBQs, hiking, swimming, bike riding, vacations and more. However, although there’s much fun to be had on a beautiful summer afternoon, it’s also important to keep safety in mind. Some of our most beloved summer activities can also be the most dangerous. Take swimming for example, practice the following water safety tips, learn the proper skills, and equip your home with the best tools to keep your loved ones safe in the water this summer.

Water Safety Tips

  1. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
  2. Stay close to the pool and be alert
  3. Watch children that are in the water as well as those near the pool
  4. Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa
  5. Use the buddy system – do not allow anyone to swim alone
  6. Teach children basic water safety tips
  7. Keep children away from pool drains and pipes to avoid entrapments
  8. Keep a telephone close by in case of an emergency
  9. If a child is missing, first look for him/her in the pool

Water Safety Skills to Know

  1. Learn how to swim and teach children how to swim
  2. Learn to perform CPR on both children and adults
    1. Practice/maintain these skills
  3. Understand the basics of life-saving so you can assist in an emergency situation

Water Safety Equipment

  1. Install a fence around the pool area
  2. Install a safety cover on your spa
  3. Install pool gate alarms
  4. Ensure your pool has compliant drain covers
  5. Have a supply of life jackets for children and adults
  6. Keep a stocked first aid kit near the pool area
  7. Keep reaching or throwing equipment poolside

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