Did you know drowning can happen in less than 2 minutes AND with many people around? In honor of National Water Safety Month, we wanted to give you a few pointers on water safety for your family and home!
Swimming season is here! Whether you are boating or floating, here are some things you need to know to ensure your summer season is safe around, in, or on the water.
- Always have a designated Water Watcher. Children drown without a sound. Designate an adult to watch the children in, on, and around the water. The water watcher should not be distracted and should be ready to assist at a moment’s notice. If you need a Water Watcher for your home, you can get one at the Denton Natatorium.
- Always wear a properly fitting life jacket. Ensure all buckles are latched. The lifejacket should fit snuggly and not lift above the person's ears.
- Check the label! A lifejacket should have the US Coast Guard-approved label on the inside. Choose the right jacket for your activity. Go to www.wearitlifejacket.com to learn more about proper lifejackets.
- Always wear a lifejacket in open water, whether on a boat or in the water. Know the condition of the water before entering. The drowning rates triple in teens over 15 years old in open water.
- Add these layers of protection to help prevent drowning at your backyard pool. Install four-sided fences at least 4 feet high with self-latching gates. Add door and window alarms on those that open directly to the pool. Stay away from pool drains and pool cleaning equipment. Find a place to learn CPR. Enroll the children in swim lessons. Develop and practice an emergency action plan.
Always Lifeguard your Child!
To learn more about the programs we offer for water safety visit www.dentonparkscatalog.com.