Water safety tips for summer trips
Water parks, lakes, oceans and rivers can be a lot of fun for children, as long as you keep safety in mind. By remaining aware of your children while they’re at play, you will be able to enjoy the sun and the water without worry.
Though many parents and children may also be present at the lake or water park, it is your responsibility to keep an eye on your son or daughter. If you look away for a moment, your child could drown in seconds. Other accidents could include slipping and falling, injuries due to boating or tubing and drowning due to fierce currents. Though your child may be a skilled swimmer, he or she will need the help of an adult in an emergency. Always designate an adult who will be responsible for watching the children in the pool, river, ocean or at a water park. Water emergencies can turn into fatalities in seconds, so having a phone on hand to reach emergency officials can save your child’s life. By being an active water watcher, you can protect your children from the dangers of the water.
At the water park or beach, take an active role in your child’s safety by teaching him to follow the rules and always accompanying him in the water. Though lifeguards might be present, they are meant to recognize someone in distress. Responsible parents can prevent situations like this from happening in the first place.
If you’re near another body of water, follow the signs posted. If a sign says swimming isn’t allowed, this is there for a reason. Follow these rules and ensure your children do as well.
The most important water safety lesson to learn is simply to stay alert – know where your children are and what the area is like at all times. Your attention is their best protection.