Take a Dip – Safely.

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Take a Dip – Safely.

We here at Boca Grove are lucky enough that swim season is almost year-round, but with school ending in a few weeks and summer officially starting, the days spent at the pool and beach will be officially getting into full swing. With the days full of water fun, we want to make sure everyone stays safe as well. In honor of “Water Safety Month” and “National Learn to Swim Day” (May 20) here are some water safety tips from the Red Cross to make your summer water time not only fun, but also safe.
 
Make Water Safety a Priority:
  1. Make sure to swim in designated areas (especially at the beach) that are supervised by lifeguards.
  2. Swim with a buddy. Do not swim alone even if you are at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach. Always use the buddy system.
  3. Ensure that everyone in your family learns to swim well. Put kids in age appropriate swim classes.
  4. NEVER leave a young child unattended near any form of water. Don’t trust other children to be the chaperone and teach them to ask permission before they go near any water.
  5. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear life jackets around the water. (This is not a fail-safe though, so don’t rely solely on life jackets.)
  6. Establish rules for your family when it comes to being around water. For example, set limits based on each person’s abilities as to what and how much they can handle.
  7. Even if you don’t plan to go swimming and you are around a natural body of water, be cautious. This includes ocean shorelines, rivers and lakes.
  8. When boating, wear a life jacket.
  9. Avoid using alcohol when around the water. “Alcohol impairs judgement, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.”
 
Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water:
  1. Install and use barriers around home pools and hot tubs. Make sure the barrier goes around the whole pool and is at least 4-feet high. The gate should be self-closing, self-latching and open outward and away from the pool. Make sure the latch is high enough that it is out of reach of small children.
  2. Safety covers and pool alarms are good additional layers of protection.
  3. If you have an inflatable pool or an aboveground pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover when the pool is not in use.
  4. Remove any other structure that could be used to gain access to the pool, such as pool furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls or playground equipment.
  5. Keep toys that are unused away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
 
Maintain Constant Supervision:
  1. Actively supervise your kids around water, even if there is a lifeguard. Don’t drop them off at the public pool or beach without any adult supervision.
  2. Always stay within arm’s reach of small children and avoid distractions when supervising children around any form of water.
 
Know What to Do in a Water Emergency:
  1. Know how and when to call 911. Always have a phone near you when near water.
  2. Have proper equipment around your home pool or hot tub that can be used to reach out to someone or throw them a floating device.
  3. Train in CPR and first aid courses for water safety.
 
Water days are always fun, but make sure to keep them safe as well. 
Posted: 5/20/2017 8:30:36 AM by Heather Dupree


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