Summer Swimming Safety

Author: one tough job

The summer is fast approaching, and families across the country will be using their at-home pools, frequenting their local town pools, traveling to the beach, and participating in other water fun. Swimming and water activities are a big part of summer fun. Unfortunately, swimming can be dangerous if the proper safety rules are not followed. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) drowning is a leading cause of death among children.

Below are a few safe swimming tips to keep your children safe this summer:

  1. Children should swim in a designated area that has an active lifeguard on duty.
  2. Always keep your attention on the swimming child.
  3. If no lifeguard is present, an adult who is comfortable with water should supervise the child an arms-length distance away.
  4. Do not leave your child unattended near a body of water.
  5. Secure the perimeter of your pool when it is not in use.
  6. If your child is an inexperienced swimmer, consider purchasing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life-vest.

Swimming is a great family activity when it is done properly to ensure the safety of all your children. For more information on water safety tips, visit the Red Cross. For a list of public swimming and wading pools in Massachusetts, click here.

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