Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Refresher Course!

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner. That means we'll be grilling out, running in the sprinklers and spending lots of time in the pool. It never hurts to take a refresher course in the basics of water safety, right?

Here are three tips to have in the back pocket of those swim shorts (cover ups and tankinis don't have pockets, so just go with it)!

Designate a “water watcher.” Lack of adult supervision in and around the water is the main reason children die from drowning. An adult should be assigned to keep their eyes on the child at all times when they are near water. The watcher has to avoid distraction, especially by phone calls, texting or other electronic devices.

Be within arm’s reach. Young children can drown in as little as 20 seconds. When infants and toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach, meaning the adult is close enough to rescue the child if needed providing hands-on supervision.

Never rely on floatation devices. There is no substitute for supervision – not even flotation devices, such as water wings, inner tubes, or even life vests.

We want you to have a GREAT weekend and send the kiddos safely back to school on Tuesday, groans and all!

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