School is almost out for the summer, which means more time for activities that may include water. Whether a trip to the lake is planned, or you have your own pool to dip into, learning water safety and practicing good habits as a family is extremely crucial during the summer months. Keep reading to learn our best tips for water safety.
Whether you’re at the pool, the lake, or even the ocean, you should always have an eye on your children when they’re around water, even if they’re not swimming! Lifeguards are great at helping in case of an emergency, but they’re keeping an eye on the entire area. If you are not the only adult present, designate shifts so that someone always has an eye out.
Pool Safety at Home
It only takes seconds for a drowning to happen, so having the proper secure area is imperative. If you have a backyard pool, make sure you have a sturdy fence with locking gate. Many municipalities do require a pool fence, even for above ground pools. You must have a fence of at least four feet tall. As long as the body of water (either in-ground or above ground) is at least 18 inches deep, you do need to install a fence. There are even child-lock gates that make the area easy for adults to use, but impossible for children to get into.
One of the best ways to keep your children safe around water is to get them familiar with it. Enroll them in swim lessons with instructors that not only teach them the proper techniques to stay afloat, but also teach them to love the water! There are so many places around the Fredericksburg area that offer swim lessons, from the YMCA to instructors that come to your house. Here is a list that we found on Yelp to get you started.
Our children’s skin is extremely sensitive to UV rays, which is why it’s so important to protect their skin in as many ways as possible. The first line of defense is sunscreen. You should apply a nice layer to your children’s skin 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours after that to maintain the barrier. You could also elect for swim shirts that completely block the sun for maximum coverage.
Reiterate the Rules
Summer is going to be busy, but you should always make time to talk to your children about water safety as frequent as possible. You can quiz them on the do’s and don’ts of swimming and make sure they understand the importance of water safety.
We want to help you and your children stay safe this summer, especially around the pool! Keep these tips in mind next time you head out for a day of swimming. If you have any questions for our doctors, feel free to reach out today!